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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion
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Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion

The AlphaGo program beat European Go champion Fan Hui in a series of five matches and achieved a 99.8-percent winning rate against other Go programs. 

Can’t Put Down Your Device? That's By Design
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Can’t Put Down Your Device? That's By Design

Greg Hochmuth was one of the first software engineers hired at Instagram.

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child
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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

It looked like a child's playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on the wall.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
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European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's
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In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's

When 80,000 fans pack MetLife Stadium each time the Giants and the Jets play this season, they are unlikely to notice the 22 new radio receivers placed discreetly...

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

For Mobile Messaging, GIFs Prove to Be Worth at Least a Thousand Words
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For Mobile Messaging, GIFs Prove to Be Worth at Least a Thousand Words

Lucy Dikeou, a 21-year-old senior at Stanford University, has long used English and the pictorial images known as emoji to text on her iPhone.

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program
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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and...

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children...

When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
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When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

Behind the Downfall at Blackberry
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Behind the Downfall at Blackberry

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant...

With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps
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With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps

The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives...

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82
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Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82

In the late 1980s, Joseph W. Lechleider came up with a clever solution to a puzzling technical problem, making it possible to bring high-speed Internet service...

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game
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Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Which outfielders take the most efficient routes to a fly ball? Which pitcher's curveball has the highest spin rate? Which batter has the fastest speed to first...

On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower
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On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower

An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the...

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data
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Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

The bookshelves in Natasha Dow Schüll’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are punctuated here and there with kitchen timers: a windup orange plastic...

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley
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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Shariq Hashme squints at his laptop screen as he scrolls through hundreds of lines of computer code.

Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic
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Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic

Susan Mueller, a flutist and the chairwoman of the Nevada-Las Vegas music department, examined the referee's whistle in her hand.

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea
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To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea

Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video.
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