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Wolfram, a Search Engine, Finds Answers Within Itself

Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, tends to go his own way—often with noteworthy results.

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For $2 a Star, an Online Retailer Gets 5-Star Product Reviews

In the brutal world of online commerce, where a competing product is just a click away, retailers need all the juice they can get to close a sale.

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Build ­p Your Phone's Defenses Against Hackers

Chuck Bokath would be terrifying if he were not such a nice guy. A jovial senior engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Mr. Bokath can hack...

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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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When Self-Driving Cars and the Real World Collide

Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only...

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Sign Says What? Park at Your Peril

Writing is a craft whose basic purpose is to transmit meaning, but there are certain writers who seem to have different goals in mind: patent lawyers, many poets...

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Digitizing Health Records, Before It Was Cool

The push to move the nation from paper to electronic health records is serious business. That's why a first look at the campus of Epic Systems comes as something...

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How ­.s. Lost Out on Iphone Work

When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.

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A Wireless Road Around Data Traffic Jams

The vast data centers that process information for the Facebooks and Amazons of the Web work at a brisk clip. But even so, they can't always keep up.

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New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information...

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Google Adds Posts From Its Social Network to Search Results

Google's popularity was built on its ability to help people find just the right Web pages. Then came the social Web, led by Facebook, where people go to see vast...

The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?
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The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?

"Gorgeous," raves The Huffington Post. "Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry," gushes Slate. "Far superior to most if not all the Android...

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In M.t.a. App Contest, Many Buttons Worth Pushing

How do you create public-service software? Run a contest.

In Flop of H.p. Touchpad, an Object Lesson For the Tech Sector
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In Flop of H.p. Touchpad, an Object Lesson For the Tech Sector

The TouchPad tablet from Hewlett-Packard was one of the most closely watched new gadgets of 2011—and quickly turned out to be the year’s biggest flop.

Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools
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Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools

Ann Rosenbaum, a former military police officer in the Marines, does not shrink from a fight, having even survived a close encounter with a car bomb in Iraq.

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Apropos Appropriation

One recent afternoon in the offices of the Midtown law firm run by David Boies and his powerful litigation partners, a large black clamshell box sat on a conference...

Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase (anything but a Password)
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Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase (anything but a Password)

Passwords are a pain to remember. What if a quick wiggle of five fingers on a screen could log you in instead? Or speaking a simple phrase?

Making Science Leap From the Page
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Making Science Leap From the Page

When a college textbook, "Principles of Biology," comes out from the Nature Publishing Group in January, one place it won't be is on the shelves of school bookstores...

Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches
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Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches

One afternoon last spring, Micky Tripathi received a panicked call from an employee. Someone had broken into his car and stolen his briefcase and company laptop...

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera
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Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera

More than 70 years ago, the MIT electrical engineer Harold (Doc) Edgerton began using strobe lights to create remarkable photographs: a bullet stopped in flight...
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