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The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple
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The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple

Shortly after Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in August 2011, he told a confidant that he got up every morning reminding himself just to do the right...

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World
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How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World

The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.

What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
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What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows that 170 of his customers went clubbing in November.

Inside a Twitter Robot Factory
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Inside a Twitter Robot Factory

One day last month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan.

Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers
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Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers

Along with the heavy body armor and weapons they carry in the field, U.S. troops may soon be wearing another piece of equipment: a lightweight canvas pouch with...

Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business
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Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business

Big companies are putting wearables to work.

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking
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Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising,...

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security
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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security...

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?
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In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television.

When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders
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When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders

Is Google about to do to online privacy what body scanners did to airline travelers?

Say Goodbye to the Password
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Say Goodbye to the Password

Here's the fundamental problem with passwords: They are most effective in protecting a company when they are long, complicated and changed frequently. In other...

The New Era of Toy Robotics
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The New Era of Toy Robotics

In olden times, the most an ambitious young tinkerer could hope for in a toy was to be able to stick one funny-shaped piece onto another. Kids built airplanes with...

Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy
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Weather Channel Now Also Forecasts What You'll Buy

The Weather Channel knows the chance for rain in St. Louis on Friday, what the heat index could reach in Santa Fe on Saturday, and how humid Baltimore may get on...

Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects
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Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal...

Google's Data-Trove Dance
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Google's Data-Trove Dance

In 2011, Google Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale...

Rethinking How We Watch Tv
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Rethinking How We Watch Tv

To understand how much television could soon change, it helps to visit an Intel Corp. division here that runs like a startup.

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.
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