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Never Mind Facebook; Winklevoss Twins Rule in Digital Money
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Never Mind Facebook; Winklevoss Twins Rule in Digital Money

The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler—Olympic rowers, nemeses of Mark Zuckerberg—are laying claim to a new title: bitcoin moguls.

Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)
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Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional...

Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business
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Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business

Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off.

Mark Pincus Thinks Angry Birds Won't Hurt Your Kids
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Mark Pincus Thinks Angry Birds Won't Hurt Your Kids

You are the founder and C.E.O. of Zynga, a company responsible for addictive games like FarmVille and the forthcoming Draw Something 2. You know, every time I see...

As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google’s Lead
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As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google’s Lead

Google and others are developing smarter search apps designed to generate more customized and relevant results. 

New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level
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New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the "send" button when you...

Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain
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Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain

President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand...

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
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The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
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Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

A new initiative aims to build low-cost artificial hands using widely available products such as cellphone cameras and sensors. 

The Mayor's Geek Squad
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The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Luring Young Web Warriors Is a ­.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.
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Luring Young Web Warriors Is a ­.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano says her department is in dire need of computer hackers. 

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns
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Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1...

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy
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Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy

Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords...

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web
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Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

While the work computers do becomes increasingly complex, humans still may be called upon to provide the programs with context and nuance. 

You May Now Kiss the Computer Screen
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You May Now Kiss the Computer Screen

With a red embroidered veil draped over her dark hair, Punam Chowdhury held her breath last month as her fiancé said the words that would make them husband and...

And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson
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And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson

I.B.M.'s Watson beat "Jeopardy" champions two years ago. But can it whip up something tasty in the kitchen?

After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future
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After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future

For nearly 50 years, coins were the currency in New York’s subway and bus system. Tokens carried the next 40 years, until the MetroCard first slid into riders’...

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain
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The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human,...

Calling Out the Robocaller
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Calling Out the Robocaller

Last month, the Haggler was sitting at home when the phone rang.

Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs
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Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs

For media executives, there may be nothing worse than a viewer or listener who is not counted.
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