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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly
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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly

When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, e-mails, and other data piling up as digital communications...

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Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror

In early September 2009, an e-mail passed through an Internet address in Peshawar, Pakistan, that was being monitored by the vast computers controlled by American...

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds
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Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.

Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business
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Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business

Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off.

As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google’s Lead
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As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google’s Lead

Google and others are developing smarter search apps designed to generate more customized and relevant results. 

The Mayor's Geek Squad
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The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy
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Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy

Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords...

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web
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Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

While the work computers do becomes increasingly complex, humans still may be called upon to provide the programs with context and nuance. 

Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds
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Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds

Researchers found evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did by analyzing search engine query data. 

Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast
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Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast

Humankind's common ancestor with other mammals may have been a roughly rat-size animal that weighed no more than a half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived...

Their Apps Track You. Will Congress Track Them?
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Their Apps Track You. Will Congress Track Them?

There are three things that matter in consumer data collection: location, location, location.

Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Change in Searches
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Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Change in Searches

When the Federal Trade Commission decided last week to close its antitrust investigation of Google without charges, one important factor, though hardly mentioned...

Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins
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Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins

All Google services, including its search engine, Gmail and Maps, were inaccessible in China on Friday night and into Saturday, the company confirmed.

Tracking Voters' Clicks Online to Try to Sway Them
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Tracking Voters' Clicks Online to Try to Sway Them

A few weeks ago, Thomas Goddard, a community college student in Santa Clara, Calif., and a devoted supporter of President Obama, clicked on mittromney.com to check...

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed
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In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
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The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.

Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

Power, Pollution, and the Internet
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Power, Pollution, and the Internet

Jeff Rothschild's machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky
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Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky

Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets—pictures.

Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data
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Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data

Technology tends to cascade into the marketplace in waves. Think of personal computers in the 1980s, the Internet in the 1990s, and smartphones in the last five...
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