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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...

Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars
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Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars

For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony. After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant...

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Code That Tracks ­sers' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits

Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online. Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased...

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Gadget for N.F.L. Stadiums Vies for Fans' Inattention

For football spectators, a device called FanVision might be nirvana—or it might turn them into stadium versions of zombies who stumble down streets staring mesmerized...

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders...

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Google

Lately, stories about Google often seem to be stories about conflict—Google knocking heads with China or the Justice Department or Facebook. For Eric E. Schmidt...

3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
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3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

Businesses in the South Park district of San Francisco generally sell either Web technology or sandwiches and burritos. Bespoke Innovations plans to sell designer...

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Google Speeds Queries With 'instant' Results

Those who find Google’s search engine to be impossibly slow will welcome Google Instant, an upgrade to the company’s search results that it unveiled Wednesday.

A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security
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A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it—never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few...

Some Newspapers, Tracking Readers Online, Shift Coverage
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Some Newspapers, Tracking Readers Online, Shift Coverage

In most businesses, not knowing how well a particular product is performing would be almost unthinkable. But newspapers have always been a peculiar business,...

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To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable

Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong. On screens everywhere—cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.’s—as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch...

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites
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Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. Then the shoes...

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located
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Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Internet companies have appropriated the real estate business’s mantra—it’s all about location, location, location. But while a home on the beach will always be...

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Google Gives Real-Time Search Its Own Page

Google is digging deeper into real-time search, with a new search page that displays only results from timely sources, like updates from Twitter and other social...

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
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Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

It’s 1 p.m. on a Thursday and Dianne Bates, 40, juggles three screens. She listens to a few songs on her iPod, then taps out a quick e-mail on her iPhone and...

Hacker
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Hacker

On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by...

For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas
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For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas

The pianist Robert Taub was puttering around the house one afternoon in 2004 while his teen-age daughter was practicing for a violin lesson—a Schubert sonatina...

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New Facebook Location Feature Sparks Privacy Concerns

Moments after Facebook introduced a new feature called Facebook Places on Wednesday that allows its users to share their location and find their friends, advocates...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...
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