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Iphone App to Sidestep At&t

For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry. It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak,...

Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past
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Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past

Artists are still painting things they cannot see in real life. Rather than being separated from their subjects by thousands of miles, though, today’s artists are...

Bias Called Persistent Hurdle For Women in Sciences
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Bias Called Persistent Hurdle For Women in Sciences

Cultural biases are still hindering the progress of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, according to an American Association...

Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in ­.s.
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Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in ­.s.

Wang Jianwei, a graduate engineering student in Liaoning, China, who was described as a potential cyberwarrior before the United States Congress this month, says...

An Express Lane From Camera to Computer
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An Express Lane From Camera to Computer

Intel is developing the Light Peak fiber-optic link, cable technology that will transmit 10 gigabits of data per second bidirectionally, and is expected to scale...

China Drawing High-Tech Research From ­.s.
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China Drawing High-Tech Research From ­.s.

U.S. companies—and their engineers—are being drawn to China more and more as the country develops a high-tech economy that increasingly competes directly with the...

How Privacy Vanishes Online
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How Privacy Vanishes Online

If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address? Yet people often dole out all kinds of personal...

Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not)
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Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not)

As Jordan Viator roams the conference rooms, dimly lit bars and restaurants here at the South by Southwest Interactive conference, she often pulls out her cellphone...

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Effort to Widen ­.S. Internet Access Sets ­p Battle

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation's media and technology priorities by establishing high...

Instant Ads Set the Pace on the Web
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Instant Ads Set the Pace on the Web

 Advertisers have been able to direct online messages based on demographics, income and even location, but one element has been largely missing until recently:...

A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory
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A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He couldMicrosoft’s...

Google
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Google

In a meeting at Google in 2004, the discussion turned to an e-mail message the company had received from a fan in South Korea. Sergey Brin, a Google founder, ran...

Scientists Strive to Map the Shape-Shifting Net
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Scientists Strive to Map the Shape-Shifting Net

In a dimly lit chamber festooned with wires and hidden in one of California’s largest data centers, Tim Pozar is changing the shape of the Internet. He is using...

Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case
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Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case

Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company’s executives criminally responsible for...

Computers Turn Flat Photos Into 3-D Buildings
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Computers Turn Flat Photos Into 3-D Buildings

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but in cyberspace it might be. Computer science researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are deploying a...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
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For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks
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Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks

A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including...

Turning Patents Into
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Turning Patents Into

Nathan Myhrvold wants to shake up the marketplace for ideas. His mission and the activities of the company he heads, Intellectual Ventures, a secretive $5 billion...

A Conference Keen on Finding Open Communication
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A Conference Keen on Finding Open Communication

Alcatel-Lucent recently launched an initiative to connect network operators with software developers to develop mobile applications that work with multiple networks...

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering
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Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

It all started with a brawny, tattooed building contractor with a passion for exotic animals. He was taking biology classes at City College of San Francisco, a...
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