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Sec Is Pressed on Firms' Disclosures of Cyberattacks

A group of U.S. lawmakers wants the Securities and Exchange Commission to push companies to disclose when they have fallen victim to cyberattacks.

A Stitch in Time... at the Speed of Smartphones
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A Stitch in Time... at the Speed of Smartphones

Your grandmother's hobby is going high-tech. Amid sewing's pop-culture revival, makers of sewing machines are cutting no corners in their appeal to the next generation...

Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet
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Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet

A visa program designed to supply skilled foreign workers to companies in the U.S. has slowed sharply, attracting about 50% fewer petitions so far this year than...

Good Thinking, Einstein
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Good Thinking, Einstein

The longest experiment in space physics began with three men in a university swimming pool arguing about Einstein. It ended Wednesday, after 52 years and $750...

Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30
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Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30

Matthew Rothman bought an HP 12c financial calculator for his first job out of college in 1989. Years later, he still has the same calculator. And he still uses...

Sony Brings In High-Tech Sleuths
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Sony Brings In High-Tech Sleuths

New details emerged about Sony Corp.'s investigation into one of the biggest data breaches in history, as the company attempts to piece together who stole personal...

China: 900 Million Mobile ­sers Asking Themselves "iphone or Android"?
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China: 900 Million Mobile ­sers Asking Themselves "iphone or Android"?

In Apple's second quarter, iPhone sales in China surged nearly 250% year over year, making the country the iPhone's fastest growing market—a title it will retain...

The Really Smart Phone
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The Really Smart Phone

Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even...

Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow
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Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow

This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff. Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to...

Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain
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Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain

Scientists funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen unveiled a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain Tuesday, offering the first interactive...

Facebook Shares Server Design
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Facebook Shares Server Design

Facebook Inc. said it would share details for its new server systems and computer rooms with other companies, hoping to set off what it characterized as an open...

Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You
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Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You

The television is channeling you. Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in...

Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win
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Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win

Jeopardy champion Watson is making IBM as sexy to work for as Apple, Google or Facebook.

Google Is 'very Proud' of Ghonim, Ceo Says
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Google Is 'very Proud' of Ghonim, Ceo Says

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said the company was "very proud" of employee Wael Ghonim, a leader in the antigovernment protests that toppled Egyptian...

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Aiming to Power Ever More Complex Graphics, Nvidia Plans Quad-Core Mobile Chip This Year

Chipmaker Nvidia plans this year to introduce a four-core processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that should offer roughly five times the processing power of its...

Coming Next: A Supercomputer Saves Your Life
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Coming Next: A Supercomputer Saves Your Life

IBM's Watson supercomputer uses parallel computing to connect highly specialized pieces of software to work simultaneously to answer questions posed by the Jeopardy...

Billboards Join Wired Age
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Billboards Join Wired Age

Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising. Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising...

Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt
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Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt

More than a week after his mysterious disappearance in Egypt, Google executive and political activist Wael Ghonim will be released from government detention on...

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches
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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.

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Qualified Success Claimed Against Computer Worm

Cybersecurity experts combating the Conficker worm claimed qualified success but said millions of computers world-wide were still infected by the malicious software...
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