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U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms
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U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms

The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks...

Sewing Machines Go High-Tech
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Sewing Machines Go High-Tech

The old-fashioned sewing machine is finally getting a modern makeover.

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
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Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches
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Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches

After years of collecting photos and personal data from its billion-plus members, Facebook Inc. Tuesday unveiled a search tool that sifts through people's profiles—and...

The Future of Medicine Is Now
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The Future of Medicine Is Now

In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier.

Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates
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Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates

For pirates in China, where illegal software sales greatly outmatch legal ones, a new version of Windows typically means a new treasure ship to plunder.

More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings
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More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings

US Airways Flight 27 was roaring down Runway 15R at Boston's Logan Airport when a pickup truck suddenly pulled into its path.

They Know What You're Shopping For
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They Know What You're Shopping For

Georgia resident Andy Morar is in the market for a BMW.

Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits
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Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her defibrillator implant.

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go
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The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce
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A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair.

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm
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In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm

A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for...

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
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New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't
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Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
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Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

'Junk DNA' Debunked
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'Junk DNA' Debunked

The deepest look into the human genome so far shows it to be a richer, messier and more intriguing place than was believed just a decade ago, scientists said Wednesday...

The Joys of ­rban Tech
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The Joys of ­rban Tech

For as long as many of us can remember, high-tech industries have flourished in the suburban office parks that are so ubiquitous in Silicon Valley, North Carolina's...

A Peace Corps For Civic-Minded Geeks
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A Peace Corps For Civic-Minded Geeks

The nonprofit Code for America, a kind of Peace Corps for geeks, has led the way in bringing online efficiency to offline government systems, picking a team of...

Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits
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Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits

Smartphones and other devices keep getting smarter, but that may change if a key step in manufacturing computer chips isn't updated soon.

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...
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