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­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies
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­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure...

­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs
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­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs

Software that models the effects of suicide bombings has been developed by computer scientist Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, whose expertise could help inform the construction...

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Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy

Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly...

Children's Book Apps Get Curiouser and Curiouser
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Children's Book Apps Get Curiouser and Curiouser

I prefer the old-fashioned experience of reading in the printed form, though I'm intrigued by the idea that the iPad, and eventually other tablet devices will give...

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Get Smart: Targeting Phone Security Flaws

Data from the National Vulnerability Database shows that last year security experts identified 30 security flaws in the software and operating systems of smartphones...

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IBM to Open Research Lab in Brazil

IBM announced that it will open a research laboratory in Brazil that will focus on developing technology systems for natural resource development and large-scale...

Verizon Strives to Close Iphone Gap
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Verizon Strives to Close Iphone Gap

When Steve Jobs wrapped up his announcement of the new iPhone 4, another big Apple Inc. event had come and gone with no mention of Verizon Wireless.

Japan's Ipad Frenzy Signals a Sea Change
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Japan's Ipad Frenzy Signals a Sea Change

The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in the...

App Watch: Searching Without Words
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App Watch: Searching Without Words

At some point, scientists think, you’ll be able to point a lens at almost any object and get information about what you’re seeing.

Facebook, Myspace Confront Privacy Loophole
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Facebook, Myspace Confront Privacy Loophole

Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other...

Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues
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Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues

A backlash over Facebook Inc.'s privacy practices has triggered disagreement inside the company that could force Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to scale back efforts...

They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.
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They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.

For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly...

Tech Sector in Hiring Drive
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Tech Sector in Hiring Drive

The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with earnings...

Marketers Watch as Friends Interact Online
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Marketers Watch as Friends Interact Online

Birds of a feather flock together. Or, in the Internet age, a customer's friend is a potential customer. Embracing those truisms, some big marketers, including...

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U.s. Steps Up Probe of Hiring in Tech

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is investigating whether large tech companies have agreed not to recruit each other's employees in ways that violate antitrust...

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New Hiring Formula Values Math Pros

Silicon Valley technology firms are seeking employees with stronger backgrounds in statistics and machine learning, thanks to the advent of cloud computing. 

In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
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In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja

Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an "evangelist." But after starting her own company, she needed...

Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
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Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble

 Behind Google Inc.'s dramatic decision to shutter its China-based search engine this week was co-founder Sergey Brin's change of heart about the compromises required...

Berkeley Prof Helped Divvy Up Search to Many Servers
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Berkeley Prof Helped Divvy Up Search to Many Servers

ACM has named University of California, Berkeley computer science professor Eric Brewer the recipient of the 2009 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for his contribution...

The ­nused Cellphone App: 'calling'
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The ­nused Cellphone App: 'calling'

Harvard University senior Drew Robb is so attached to his cellphone that he keeps it by his bedside at night and in his front jeans pocket every day. He uses the...
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