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You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome
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You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome

It knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.

How Depressives Surf the Web
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How Depressives Surf the Web

In what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your email compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications—from...

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts
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Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts

Just how hard can it be to verify the age of a person online?

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon
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Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon

That little iPhone in your pocket is perfectly positioned to become a clone of the credit cards in your wallet or purse.

The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay
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The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay

As a professor and a parent, I have long dreamed of finding a software program that helps every student learn to write well.

Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft
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Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft

When the Kinect was introduced in November 2010 as a $150 motion-control add-on to Microsoft's Xbox consoles, it drew attention from more than just video-gamers...

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...

Facebook's Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
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Facebook's Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief, has managed to amass more information about more people than anyone else in history. Now what?

The Education of Mark Zuckerberg
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The Education of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is ready for his close-up.

A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy
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A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy

When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small...

How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet
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How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet

Legal and technology researchers estimate that it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the Web sites they visit in a...

The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data
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The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data

People generally talk less on the phone and send fewer text messages now because there are so many ways to communicate over an Internet connection. Though this...

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.

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...
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