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Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants
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Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants

The latest standoff between Europe and American tech companies runs through a quiet street just north of the Louvre Museum, past chic cafes and part of the French...

A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities
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A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities

Taking inspiration from the way humans seem to learn, scientists have created AI software capable of picking up new knowledge in a far more efficient and sophisticated...

Americans Attracted to Isis Find an 'echo Chamber' on Social Media
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Americans Attracted to Isis Find an 'echo Chamber' on Social Media

When a lonely Virginia teenager named Ali Amin got curious about the Islamic State last year and went online to learn more, he found a virtual community awaiting...

Agriculture Linked to Dna Changes in Ancient Europe
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Agriculture Linked to Dna Changes in Ancient Europe

The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization.

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions For Digital Age
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Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions For Digital Age

Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard's Law School Library...

Museum Specimens Find New Life Online
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Museum Specimens Find New Life Online

In a brightly lit room on the third floor of the Museum of Natural History here, stacks of wooden drawers are covered in glass, some panes so dusty that it is difficult...

China Tries to Extract Pledge of Compliance From ­.s. Tech Firms
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China Tries to Extract Pledge of Compliance From ­.s. Tech Firms

The Chinese government, which has long used its country's vast market as leverage over American technology companies, is now asking some of those firms to directly...

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...

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
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Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times' article recommendation algorithm has been overhauled, using Collaborative Topic Modeling as its inspiration.

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
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Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times publishes over 300 articles, blog posts and interactive stories a day.

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...

A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall
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A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall

Among the many promises of the Internet of Things—a network of Wi-Fi-connected devices and equipment managed with smartphones—is the automation of everyday life...

Consumer Groups Back Out of Federal Talks on Face Recognition
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Consumer Groups Back Out of Federal Talks on Face Recognition

A central component of President Obama's effort to give consumers more control over how companies collect and share their most sensitive personal details has run...

Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues
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Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues

At a mock airport in an underground laboratory here at Northeastern University, students pretending to be passengers head through a security exit in the right direction...

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
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The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker
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Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big...

The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score
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The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score

The characters in Gary Shteyngart's novel "Super Sad True Love Story" inhabit a continuously surveilled and scored society.

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
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Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...

Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software
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Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software

Two groups of scientists, working independently, have created artificial intelligence software capable of recognizing and describing the content of photographs...
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