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Battle For Tech Geeks: Street vs. Silicon Valley

Wall Street firms are aggressively competing with Silicon Valley for computer programmers and software engineers by offering more laid-back office environments,...

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising...

Why Are Health Data Leaking Online? Bad Software, Study Says
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Why Are Health Data Leaking Online? Bad Software, Study Says

A recent Dartmouth College study found that sensitive health care data is being leaked online through peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing services. In addition, the...

Your Apps Are Watching You
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Your Apps Are Watching You

A WSJ Investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users.

Word-Wide Web Launches
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Word-Wide Web Launches

New Google database puts centuries of cultural trends in reach of linguists.

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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

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China Surpasses Japan in R&d as Powers Shift

China is expected to to spend $153.7 billion on research & development in 2011 and become the world's second biggest R&D spender, overtaking Japan and trailing...

Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites

Search giant displays its own health, shopping, local content ahead of links to competing sites.

Microsoft to Ramp ­p Browser Privacy
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Microsoft to Ramp ­p Browser Privacy

Microsoft says that Internet Explorer 9 will feature Tracking Protection, a privacy feature that will enable users to stop websites and Internet tracking companies...

Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms
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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Technology companies on Wednesday received troubling news that some had feared for years: Intellectual Ventures LLC has started suing.

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Suit to Snuff Out 'history Sniffing' Takes Aim at Tracking Web ­sers

A lawsuit filed last Friday for alleged use of "history sniffing," a method for surreptitiously detecting what websites a person has visited, is the latest to...

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IBM Claims Breakthrough in Laser-Based Chips

IBM recently announced a breakthrough in the development of silicon-based chips that send data using pulses of laser light. IBM says the research sets the stage...

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs
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Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback
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Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry...

Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients
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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

New Ways Bankers Are Spying on You
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New Ways Bankers Are Spying on You

Big Banker is watching you—more closely than ever.

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Sensing a Parking Spot

In the first taste of a technology that could transform the way people park their cars in the city, Roosevelt Island is installing a system of sensors designed...

On the Threshold of the Avatar Era
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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

Humanity is technologically on the brink of the avatar era, in which it becomes possible for people to virtually embody digital avatars that are not restricted...

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Limewire Told to Shut

Popular file-sharing website LimeWire has been ordered to permanently shut down six months after a federal judge found it liable for copyright infringement on...
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