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Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips
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Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Not long after Gordon E. Moore proposed in 1965 that the number of transistors that could be etched on a silicon chip would continue to double approximately every...

Reading Your Palm For Security's Sake
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Reading Your Palm For Security's Sake

They aren't taking any chances at Barclays Bank in Britain.

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience
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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Generation of Rescue Robots
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Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Generation of Rescue Robots

The Schaft robot developed by Japanese researchers dominated the U.S. Pentagon's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge 2013 Trials. 

Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks
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Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks

American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor...

Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air
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Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air

NASA's next mission to Mars aims to answer one question: What happened to the air that once made the surface habitable?

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
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Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site
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Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site

Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama's online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow...

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts
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N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to...

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
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As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.

Intel's Extensive Makeover
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Intel's Extensive Makeover

While Apple talked about a couple of new products on Tuesday, Intel, with much less fanfare, talked about the transformation of a world, and itself.

Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid
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Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid

It's electrifying.

Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s
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Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that...

In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain
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In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain

A generation ago, when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, the Nasdaq stock market appeared to have done much better than the New York Stock Exchange.

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard
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When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard

On the Web, there's no place like .home.

How to Share Scientific Data
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How to Share Scientific Data

Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth catalog and a Silicon Valley muse, once said that information wanted to be free and expensive, simultaneously. That...

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N.s.a. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.s.

The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' email and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people...

Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders
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Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter, or a similar Silicon Valley concern...

Big Data Sleuthing, 1960s Style
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Big Data Sleuthing, 1960s Style

America's intelligence agencies have long prodded the frontiers of computing and data analysis as the most demanding of customers, willing to pay whatever it takes...
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