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Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card
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Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card

Loyalty cards--those little paper cards that promise a free sandwich or coffee after 10 purchases, but instead get lost or forgotten--are going mobile.

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Chinese Edge Toward Supercomputer Record

A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world's second-fastest machine, underscoring China's aggressive commitment to science and technology.

Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech
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Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in...

Idea Man of Limewire at a Crossroads
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Idea Man of Limewire at a Crossroads

Mark Gorton is a confident guy. He’s confident about his ideas. He’s confident about his enthusiasms. And he’s confident that his successes--like making money on...

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Communications Law to Be Reviewed

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA)  announced Monday (May 24) that they would hold hearings to examine how the Communications Act...

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Google and Vmware Wed at the App Engine

Google has formed an intriguing partnership with VMware, as the company looks to build out its online business software services for companies.

As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot
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As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot

A captain returned to the cockpit after taking a bathroom break and found the first officer facing away from the instruments and talking to a flight attendant....

At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5
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At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls
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Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook...

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Cars' Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers

Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer...

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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel...

Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook
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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?

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Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

A Washington state supreme court issued a decision yesterday [May 6, 2010] supporting a public library's decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that...

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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

The FCC proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility...

FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected
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FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling...

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage
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New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage

A technology with data from social media is now being used to log the effects of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico's north coast. Witnesses' texts, tweets and...

Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones
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Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

It might be hard to imagine watching "The Office" on a screen no bigger than a business card. But tens of thousands of people--by the most conservative estimate...

The Data-Driven Life
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The Data-Driven Life

Humans make errors. We make errors of fact and errors of judgment. We have blind spots in our field of vision and gaps in our stream of attention. Sometimes we...

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Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says

Privacy advocates have had an impact on Madison Avenue after all, according to a new study.

Shoppers Who Can
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Shoppers Who Can

It’s called behavioral tracking: Cameras that can follow you from the minute you enter a store to the moment you hit the checkout counter, recording every T-shirt...
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