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Apple Makes Push Into Ipad Textbooks

Apple Inc. on Thursday introduced tools designed to spur the development of textbooks and other classroom materials for devices like the iPad, in the company's...

Avoiding Innovation's Terrible Toll
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Avoiding Innovation's Terrible Toll

The corporation isn't a sturdy species. In fact, only a tiny fraction reach the age of 40, according to study of more than six million firms by management professors...

Pick Up the Phone, Nfl: The Future Is Calling
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Pick Up the Phone, Nfl: The Future Is Calling

On the sidelines during every game, New York Jets cornerback Donald Strickland performs a trick familiar to any toddler who has ever held a flip book.

Citizen Scientists
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Citizen Scientists

Ordinary people are taking control of their health data, making their DNA public and running their own experiments. Their big question: Why should science be...

Feds Shift Tracking Defense
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Feds Shift Tracking Defense

The U.S. Department of Justice now says its use of a cellphone-tracking device in a controversial Arizona case could be considered a "search" under the Fourth...

Design Spotlight Is Thrown on Ive
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Design Spotlight Is Thrown on Ive

Without Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. investors and customers are asking a big question: Can it continue to turn out innovative products without its co-founder and design...

Decoding Our Chatter
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Decoding Our Chatter

Want to monitor an earthquake, track political activity or predict the ups and downs of the stock market? Researchers have found a bonanza of real-time data in...

Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome
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Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome

A group of researchers said that by examining the whole genome of a family of four, they were able to make unusually specific findings, including the daughter's...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Hack!
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Hack!

During a "hackathon" last year, GroupMe co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht built a group text-messaging service in one 24-hour stretch. In August, the...

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Google Takes On Friend Sprawl

Google Inc. launched its most ambitious social-networking effort yet, broadening a battle with Facebook Inc. to grab the attention of Web users and future advertising...

Web Addresses Enter New.era
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Web Addresses Enter New.era

On Monday, the organization that regulates the world's Internet domain names—yes, there is central coordination—approved changes that could allow anyone to register...

Google Missed 'friend Thing'
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Google Missed 'friend Thing'

Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said one of his biggest failures as chief executive of the search giant over the last decade was grappling with the...

The Best Error Pages on the Web
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The Best Error Pages on the Web

Anyone who has spent enough time online has at one point reached a dead end–known in Internet parlance as a 404 page. So what causes them? Web designers are coming...

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Spy Planes Played Indispensable Role in Mission

The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents probably the biggest success so far of a revolution in military technology: the ability to relay...

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...

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...
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