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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

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The Dozens of Computers That Make Modern Cars Go (and Stop)

Modern cars and trucks contain as many 100 million lines of computer code, more than in some jet fighters. "It would be easy to say the modern car is a computer...

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­.s. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing

The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing...

Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld
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Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld

With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest victims. He operates secretly and illegally...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

As Devices Pull More Data, Patience May Be Required
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As Devices Pull More Data, Patience May Be Required

Could Apple's new iPad end up being too much of a good thing? Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, played up the iPad's ability to stream live baseball games...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

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Wanted: Cyber Ninjas

U.S. colleges are adding courses and specialized degrees in the once-exotic field of cybersecurity to try to meet the growing demands for computer security skills...

At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers
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At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers

Argonne National Laboratory is phasing out its use of radioactive materials in favor of supercomputers for the purpose of conducting research. "The past was the...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

Google Applies to Become Power Marketer
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Google Applies to Become Power Marketer

Google is stepping up its forays into the energy world. The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data...

Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards
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Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards

LAS VEGAS — To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated...

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Computer Science Education: It's Not Shop Class

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has a plan to reform U.S. high school computer science education by giving the curriculum a much-needed update. NSF...

Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity
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Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity

Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected...

New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs
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New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

Educators and technologists say both the image of computing work and computer science education in high schools need to change to fill what are expected to be the...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...
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