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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...

Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis
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Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

Scientists are reporting progress in their efforts to channel brain waves to power mechanical devices, a development that could someday help paralyzed people...

Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts
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Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

Computer science and engineering graduates generally have significantly higher starting salaries than liberal arts majors, according to a Wall Street Journal and...

A Web Pioneer Profiles ­sers By Name
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A Web Pioneer Profiles ­sers By Name

In the weeks before the New Hampshire primary last month, Linda Twombly of Nashua says she was peppered with online ads for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Bender...

Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift
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Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift

Ray Ozzie, the executive who became Microsoft Corp.'s top technical visionary after the retirement of cofounder Bill Gates, plans to leave the software company...

Facebook in Privacy Breach
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Facebook in Privacy Breach

Top-ranked applications transmit personal IDs, a Journal investigation finds.

'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web
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'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web

At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its "Mood" discussion board. There, people exchange highly personal stories...

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One Goal: 10 Quadrillion Calculations

Installation has begun in Kobe, Japan, on a government-funded supercomputer project, aimed at giving Japan the world's fastest computer, the "K Computer," which...

Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners
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Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners

From copper-fibersocks to fiber-optic cable, innovation and improvisation make time more bearable for 33 Chilean.

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India Launches Project to Id 1.2 Billion People

India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its...

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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

Adversarial nations worldwide have adopted cyberespionage and cyberattacks as staples of modern warfare, and U.S. defense officials estimate that more than 100...

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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

 Cyber espionage has surged against governments and companies around the world in the past year, and cyber attacks have become a staple of conflict among states...

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'Cookies' Cause Bitter Backlash

Spate of lawsuits shows user discomfort with latest innovations in online-tracking technology.

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Apple Blinks in Apps Fight

In an uncharacteristic about-face, Apple Inc. loosened its control over software development for its iPhones and iPads as the company feels heat from a U.S. antitrust...

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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

How Internet Growth Is Playing Out in Top Emerging Markets
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How Internet Growth Is Playing Out in Top Emerging Markets

The number of Internet users in the top emerging markets is set to nearly double by 2015—a pace of growth that sounds enticing but that actually presents plenty...

Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends
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Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends

Dating-simulation game a last resort for honeymoon town and its lonely guests.

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Fcc Adjusts Final Rules on Use of Vacant Tv Band

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is close to passing a proposal that would free up the vacant spectrum between TV channels, which would allow technology...
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