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In China, Facebook Alternatives Thrive

Anticipation over Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering has fueled a recent surge in stock prices of social media companies in China, where Facebook is blocked...

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No More R

Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.

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Apple Makes Push Into Ipad Textbooks

Apple Inc. on Thursday introduced tools designed to spur the development of textbooks and other classroom materials for devices like the iPad, in the company's...

Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate
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Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate

Astronomers said Wednesday that each of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, adding credence to the notion that...

Avoiding Innovation's Terrible Toll
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Avoiding Innovation's Terrible Toll

The corporation isn't a sturdy species. In fact, only a tiny fraction reach the age of 40, according to study of more than six million firms by management professors...

So, What's Your Algorithm?
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So, What's Your Algorithm?

The beginning of a transformation in day-to-day business decisions informed by real-time analytics mined from immense databases is in store for this year, as computers...

Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival
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Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival

China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System and, according...

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Answers to Google Interview Questions

1. What's the next number in this sequence: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66 … ?

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How to Ace a Google Interview

Imagine a man named Jim. He's applying for a job at Google. Jim knows that the odds are stacked against him. Google receives a million job applications a year.

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Spying on Your Buying

Monograms don't usually make me cry. But there in my room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, embroidered in cursive on the king-size pillowcase, were two beautiful...

Pick Up the Phone, Nfl: The Future Is Calling
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Pick Up the Phone, Nfl: The Future Is Calling

On the sidelines during every game, New York Jets cornerback Donald Strickland performs a trick familiar to any toddler who has ever held a flip book.

Citizen Scientists
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Citizen Scientists

Ordinary people are taking control of their health data, making their DNA public and running their own experiments. Their big question: Why should science be...

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Barcelona Center Makes Super Bet on Cellphone Chips

Supercomputers, once built from handcrafted circuitry, were transformed when companies started assembling them from inexpensive PC-style microprocessors. Researchers...

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Justices Weigh Privacy vs. Gps Bugs

In a case that questions the Constitution's meaning in light of modern surveillance technology, the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
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Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

Software Finds Place in Posse
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Software Finds Place in Posse

Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on information from the Web and electronic records to help solve crimes and evaluate threats...

Feds Shift Tracking Defense
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Feds Shift Tracking Defense

The U.S. Department of Justice now says its use of a cellphone-tracking device in a controversial Arizona case could be considered a "search" under the Fourth...

Top 'innovators' Rank Low in R&d Spending
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Top 'innovators' Rank Low in R&d Spending

Many companies are devoted to innovation but they tend to have little to show for their spending on research and development, according to a new Booz & Co. report...

Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter
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Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter

When David Kirkby and Daniel Margala entered a contest to find out who could most accurately map dark matter in the universe, the first algorithm they submitted...

Design Spotlight Is Thrown on Ive
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Design Spotlight Is Thrown on Ive

Without Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. investors and customers are asking a big question: Can it continue to turn out innovative products without its co-founder and design...
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