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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.

Tomorrow's Privacy Struggles, On Display Today
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Tomorrow's Privacy Struggles, On Display Today

The thorny privacy issues of tomorrow were on display Thursday morning, when AT&T showed off a batch of technologies under development at AT&T Labs, the company’s...

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
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Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital...

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...

The Human Voice, as Game Changer
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The Human Voice, as Game Changer

Vlad Sejnoha is talking to the TV again.

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.

Bypassing the Password
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Bypassing the Password

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to see an alternative to passwords and is supporting work that would confirm a computer user's identity...

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...

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.

The First Google Maps War
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The First Google Maps War

Did Google Maps almost cause a war in 2010? On Nov. 3 of that year, Edén Pastora, the Nicaraguan official tasked with dredging the Rio San Juan, justified his country's...

The Bright Side of Being Hacked
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The Bright Side of Being Hacked

Hackers operating under the banner Anonymous have been poking a finger in the eye of one private company after another for two years now.  

Et Tu, Google? Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos
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Et Tu, Google? Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos

It's not just Apple. Photos are vulnerable on Android phones, too.

For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait
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For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait

Wait a second. No, that's too long.

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.
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