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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...

Cash, Check or Charge? How About Cellphone?
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Cash, Check or Charge? How About Cellphone?

You win a bet, but the loser does not have enough cash on him to settle it. If he has a credit card, and most people usually do, there is finally a solution. AeBay...

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Powerpoint
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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Powerpoint

 Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray...

Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests
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Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests

Faced with stricter Internet security measures, some spammers have begun borrowing a page from corporate America’s playbook: they are outsourcing. The going rate...

For Web
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For Web

Mark Brooks wants the whole Web to know that he spent $41 on an iPad case at an Apple store, $24 eating at an Applebee’s, and $6,450 at a Florida plastic surgery...

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Apple Removes Teaching App From App Store, and Educators Complain

Apple generally makes news by publishing new apps, not by unpublishing them. But last week, it made some educators upset when it removed an app, Scratch Viewer,...

Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System
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Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System

New details have been disclosed about information stolen in the attacks on Google's computers announced in January. The losses included a password system that...

Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley
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Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley

Although technology hubs such as Silicon Valley boast that they are open to good ideas irrespective of the age, educational level, or station in life of the inventor...

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Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell

For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons. Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers. A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or...

Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing
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Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing

This year, Netflix made what looked like a peculiar choice: the DVD-by-mail company decided that over the next two years, it would move most of its Web technology...

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At Internet Conference, Signs of Agreement Between U.s. and Russia

Security specialists from eight countries met at a Russian-sponsored conference on Internet security to discuss their differences on how governments view cyberspace...

New Force Behind Agency of Wonder
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New Force Behind Agency of Wonder

Under the helm of director Regina Dugan, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's roster of concerns includes cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing,...

Innovation, by Order of the Kremlin
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Innovation, by Order of the Kremlin

The Russian government is using Silicon Valley as a template for a new scientific city in order to cultivate a U.S.-like spirit of entrepreneurship through the...

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Sas Seeks to Improve Data Mining of Social Media

No one doubts that social media--all the stuff on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums--provides a rich lode of user sentiment that companies ought to be able...

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H.p. Says New Device Could Revolutionize Computer Chips

Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday will report advances demonstrating significant progress in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing...

Researchers Trace Data Theft to Intruders in China
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Researchers Trace Data Theft to Intruders in China

Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored the spying operation of a China-based computer espionage gang for the past eight months...

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After Patent on Genes Is Invalidated, Taking Stock

Many biotechnology stocks fell on Tuesday as investors struggled to understand the impact of a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question...

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Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet. Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined...
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