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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status
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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status

Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s...

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator
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The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator

Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless...

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.

Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans
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Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans

As everything around us becomes connected to the Internet, from cars to thermometers to the stuff inside our mobile phones, technologists are confronting a tough...

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...

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study
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How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study

Surveillance is certainly much in the news lately. Most notably, of course, there is the continuing outcry over the National Security Agency’s call-tracking program...

The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator
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The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator

In the ranks of technology incubator programs, there is AngelPad here in San Francisco and Y Combinator about 40 miles south in Mountain View. And then there is...

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.

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass
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How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Google wants to see what you see. And then, of course, make money from those images.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
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Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About
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An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

Sometimes, there is an actual eureka moment.

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...

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House
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As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House

Imagine driving on the freeway at 60 miles per hour and your car suddenly screeches to a halt, causing a pileup that injures dozens of people.

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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...

Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps
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Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps

Scientists haven't yet found a way to mend a broken heart, but they're edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into...

Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do
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Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do

In Hollywood, there are umbrella holders. Outside corner offices, there are people who know exactly how much cream to pour in the boss's coffee. In British castles...

I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet
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I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet

During the sweltering heat wave earlier this month, it seemed too hot to wear much, carry much or do much of anything at all.

Faster Than the Speed of Light?
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Faster Than the Speed of Light?

Beyond the security gate at the Johnson Space Center’s 1960s-era campus here, inside a two-story glass and concrete building with winding corridors, there is a...

F.T.C. Turns a Lens on Abusers of the Patent System
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F.T.C. Turns a Lens on Abusers of the Patent System

To its defenders, Intellectual Ventures is a revolutionary company unfairly viewed, in the words of its co-founder Peter N. Detkin, "as the poster child of everything...
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