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U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil
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U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil

Silicon Valley companies say they’ve been preparing for yesterday's European Court of Justice decision invalidating the U.S.-Europe Safe Harbor agreement on data...

Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye
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Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye

What can humans learn from dragonflies?

Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'
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Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'

Statisticians and political scientists are more reliant on the question, "Who do you think will actually win?" than "Who do you like?" when it comes to predictive...

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side
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Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side

That's the takeaway from a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do
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Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are racing to anticipate the needs of their users.

Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider
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Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about...

Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance
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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball...

Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age
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Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age

No company sounds more religious about Moore’s Law than Intel Corp., whose co-founder made a famous observation about the miniaturization of chip circuitry 50 years...

Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes
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Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes

Some hospitals are using a big-data approach to mine intensive-care unit data to help providers and patients realize improved outcomes. 

Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles
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Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number...

Girls Who Code From Around Globe
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Girls Who Code From Around Globe

Iridescent's Technovation World Pitch Challenge is an opportunity for pre-college girls with an interest in technology entrepreneurship to win $20,000 in seed funding...

When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?
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When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?

A tremendous number of personnel records—including some quite personal records—have likely been stolen by computer hackers.

Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age
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Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age

To get an idea of how the mobile Web is catapulting millions of people into the digital age by skipping landline connections, have a look at Vietnam.

U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016
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U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016

The U.S. government's widespread data surveillance practices are likely to cost U.S. cloud computing and other technology companies more money than originally expected...

Meet the New Generation of Robots For Manufacturing
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Meet the New Generation of Robots For Manufacturing

A new generation of robots is on the way—smarter, more mobile, more collaborative and more adaptable.

Want Your Writing to Look Like Einstein's? Computers Mimic Handwriting of the Famous
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Want Your Writing to Look Like Einstein's? Computers Mimic Handwriting of the Famous

Harald Geisler wants to make you as brilliant as Albert Einstein. Or at least let you write like him. Or at least write in his handwriting.

Google's Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet
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Google's Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet

Internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf warned Thursday that political and technological forces threaten universal access and integrity, which he described as the foundation...

Hadoop Corporate Adoption Remains Low: Gartner
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Hadoop Corporate Adoption Remains Low: Gartner

For all the talk of Hadoop's potential to help companies leverage Big Data, corporate adoption remains low, a survey released today from Gartner Inc. found.

Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World
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Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World

Today's robots may just be too hungry and unfit to take over the world any time soon.
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