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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties
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With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

When Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, heard about the capabilities of Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. "I dropped...

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Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that...

Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn
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Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn

Silicon Valley is awash in tales of the "PayPal Mafia," the tight-knit group of PayPal alumni who have helped one another start and finance a crop of new companies...

Neighborhood Mischief Caught on Tape
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Neighborhood Mischief Caught on Tape

Steve Miller is justifiably proud of the manicured grounds around his stately stucco home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. So he was nonplussed last year when he discovered...

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon
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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive...

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More Than 100,000 Pay For British News Site

News Corp. said Tuesday that it had attracted 105,000 paying customers to the digital versions of The Times and The Sunday Times of London since it started charging...

A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More
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A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More

Start-ups and big companies alike have tried to take on Google by building a better search engine. That they have failed has not stopped brave new entrants.

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks
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In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the...

Will Apple's Culture Hurt the Iphone?
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Will Apple's Culture Hurt the Iphone?

If you want a smartphone powered by Google's Android software, you could get Motorola's Droid 2 or its cousin, the Droid X. Then there is the Droid Incredible...

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­.s. Companies Are at Risk of Spying By Their Own Workers

Huang Kexue, federal authorities say, is a new kind of spy. For five years, Mr. Huang was a scientist at a Dow Chemical lab in Indiana, studying ways to improve...

For Baseball Archivists, a Tag Ends Every Play
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For Baseball Archivists, a Tag Ends Every Play

Most baseball fans saw it as a dribbler in front of the plate, a throw to first and the completion of a no-hitter for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay...

Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change
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Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change

An average laptop contains about 1,800 components, but only one garners much brand awareness from typical consumers: the chip made by Intel.

Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online
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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online

Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users...

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic
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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on...

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Iran Denies Malware Connection to Nuclear Delay

Iranian officials announced Monday that a "small leak" was the cause of the latest setback to starting up its first nuclear power plant, and said the delay had...

Aiming to Learn As We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself
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Aiming to Learn As We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself

Give a computer a task that can be crisply defined—win at chess, predict the weather—and the machine bests humans nearly every time. Yet when problems are nuanced...

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In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

 Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the...

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­.s. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

 Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap...
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