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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s
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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s

Google has announced a new open source tool for massive data sets based on differential privacy, a technique developed in the 1960s. 

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays
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Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays

Google's advanced-projects lab, Google X, is developing a giant display consisting of smaller screens that fit together to create a seamless image. 

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age
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Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age

At the recent Battle at Stonehedge pinball tournament here, Jessie Carduner cursed her ninth-place finish and vowed to get professional help.

For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip
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For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip

The future of Google's pursuit of fully autonomous vehicles is being put into question by new California rules that forbid such vehicles from driving on public...

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'
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Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with...

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body
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Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work
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For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of.

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening
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Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like chainsaws, entrepreneurs are finding all sorts of creative ways to detect sounds using smartphones...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
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Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage
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Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones
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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Recent research has shown the "uncanny valley" hypothesis for human-robot interaction is overstated.

Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures
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Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures

Efforts to replace passwords with better protections face an uphill battle.

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
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The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches
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Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...
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