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Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy
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Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy

Matt Valentine, head of Microsoft's enterprise solutions for Hong Kong, shares a key piece of advice with his five- and seven-year-old children: when it comes to...

Huawei's Best-Kept Secret: An Army of Engineers
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Huawei's Best-Kept Secret: An Army of Engineers

Huawei Technologies Co. has made a name supplying network equipment to clients world-wide, but the Chinese company's emphasis on research and development over manufacturing...

­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast
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­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast

The next army of unmanned drones are scurrying beneath the ocean's surface.

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail
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Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick.

A Revolution in the Making
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A Revolution in the Making

On a dark and stormy night two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket. It was an...

Now Hear This: Navy Abandons All Caps
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Now Hear This: Navy Abandons All Caps

MESSAGES SENT WITHIN THE U.S. NAVY NO LONGER HAVE TO BE WRITTEN OUT IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

Supreme Court Says Human Genes Aren't Patentable
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Supreme Court Says Human Genes Aren't Patentable

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body can't be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such...

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People's Locations Could Be Tracked

Data collected by the National Security Agency's program that monitors Americans' phone calls could be used to track millions of people's locations through their...

Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard
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Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard

In the future, your smartphone won't auto-correct your errors. It will correct them before they're even made.

When 'likes' Can Shed Light
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When 'likes' Can Shed Light

Patterns of "Likes" posted by people on Facebook can unintentionally expose their political and religious views, drug use, divorce, and sexual orientation, researchers...

How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business
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How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business

There's a ton of information out there. And businesses are figuring out how to put it to work.

Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace
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Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace

A few years ago when Bank of America Corp. wanted to study whether face time mattered among its call-center teams, the big bank asked about 90 workers to wear badges...

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.

Electronics Develop a Sixth Sense
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Electronics Develop a Sixth Sense

This year's Consumer Electronics Show is being dominated by the term "context awareness," which describes technology that enables products to pick up clues to users'...

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.
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