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Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over
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Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over

 At 7:22:07 p.m. on a recent Thursday, an electronic alarm went off in the soundproof control room of a suburban office building here.

As Computing Changes, Hewlett-Packard Struggles to Follow
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As Computing Changes, Hewlett-Packard Struggles to Follow

As the computer industry makes a radical shift to new modes of computing—in the cloud and on tablets and smartphones—Hewlett-Packard, a stalwart of the previous...

Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified
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Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified

At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer...

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California Chosen as Home for Computing Institute

The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen the University of California, Berkeley, as host for an ambitious new center for...

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Smartphone Patent Wars: The Coming Sequel

Billions of dollars are being spent to amass patent arsenals, and lawsuits are flying worldwide.

Seeking Robots to Go Where First Responders Can't
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Seeking Robots to Go Where First Responders Can't

In the event of another disaster at a nuclear power plant, the first responders may not be humans but robots.

A Little Device That's Trying to Read Your Thoughts
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A Little Device That's Trying to Read Your Thoughts

Already surrounded by machines that allow him, painstakingly, to communicate, the physicist Stephen Hawking last summer donned what looked like a rakish black headband...

Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses
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Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses

If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from "Star Trek," don’t worry.

Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool
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Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials...

The Snails of War
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The Snails of War

The electric snail is here. There's an electric cockroach too.

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security
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New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure...

Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade
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Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade

Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars—is there, was there or could there be life there?—the money needed to provide...

Automatic Recharging, From a Distance
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Automatic Recharging, From a Distance

Think how convenient it would be if you could recharge electronic devices without ever having to plug them in—or even take them out of your briefcase.

Microsoft Ponders Future of Kinect, Tech
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Microsoft Ponders Future of Kinect, Tech

When Microsoft thinks about the future of technology, it seems to do so with its stomach.

In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics
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In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics

The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its...

A Law Apple Would Like to Break
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A Law Apple Would Like to Break

These days, it’s hard to find a superlative that adequately describes Apple. But maybe simplest is best: biggest.

Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality
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Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality

It wasn't so long ago that legions of people began walking the streets, talking to themselves. On closer inspection, many of them turned out to be wearing tiny...

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Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom

Australian and American physicists have built a working transistor from a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal.

In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens
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In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens

Workers in the digital era can feel at times as if they are playing a video game, battling the barrage of emails and instant messages, juggling documents, Web sites...

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Pursuing Iphone Thief, Officer Knew Right Buttons to Push

As crime-solving tools go, it may not have the same pedigree as, say, the oversize magnifying glass.
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