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Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online
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Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online

A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website.

Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past
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Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past

Inside the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, known as AI2, everything is a gleaming architectural white.

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
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Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order
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Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order

Silicon Valley's constant stream of new apps and services depends on hundreds of thousands of foreign-born engineers to help create them.

Gift From Ballmer Will Expand Computer Science Faculty at Harvard
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Gift From Ballmer Will Expand Computer Science Faculty at Harvard

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will make a financial contribution to Harvard that will enable the school to expand its computer science faculty...

Demystifying the Mooc
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Demystifying the Mooc

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

The Google Formula For Success
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The Google Formula For Success

Can Google’s winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses?

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality
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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Virtual reality is virtually here—although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency...

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise
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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act...

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests
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E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests

A bewitching creature—half woman, half deer—battles a shaman and a sentient tree.

Isis Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media
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Isis Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world's attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality.

Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two
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Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two

College students across the United States have been developing their own apps, sometimes to great success. 

Security Secrets, Dated but Real
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Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Was the National Cryptologic Museum designed using a code of some kind?

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
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Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

Some ­niversities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Some ­niversities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Just 18 percent of the computer science graduates from colleges and universities across the U.S. are women, down from 37 percent in 1985, but some schools are reporting...

Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna
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Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna

As he puts it in the subtitle of his memoir, "Neanderthal Man," Svante Paabo goes in search of lost genomes.

Computing Crime and Punishment
From ACM TechNews

Computing Crime and Punishment

Scientists and historians have performed a computational analysis of historical court records in London. 

To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East
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To Young Minds of Today, Harvard Is the Stanford of the East

In academia, where brand reputation is everything, one university holds an especially enviable place these days when it comes to attracting students and money.

Tackling the Limits of Touch Screens
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Tackling the Limits of Touch Screens

Touch screens are ubiquitous on tablets and smartphones, but their flat glass surfaces can hinder close reading and accurate typing.
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