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Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop
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Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop

Venture capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into startups that are betting their futures on the powerful data tool called Hadoop. The tool holds promise...

Web Money Gets Laundering Rule
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Web Money Gets Laundering Rule

The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit...

At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal
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At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal

Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is taking some time off from school in London, where he lives with his parents. He will let mom and dad help manage his money.

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...

Big Data, Big Blunders
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Big Data, Big Blunders

Companies are finding that big data doesn't necessarily translate into easy success.

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...

A Genetic Code For Genius?
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A Genetic Code For Genius?

At a former paper-printing factory in Hong Kong, a 20-year-old wunderkind named Zhao Bowen has embarked on a challenging and potentially controversial quest: uncovering...

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.

The Trouble With Tinkering Time
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The Trouble With Tinkering Time

It's the latest R&D trend: penciling in tinkering time on the company clock.

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.

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.

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...
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