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Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow
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Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow

This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff. Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to...

Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain
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Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain

Scientists funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen unveiled a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain Tuesday, offering the first interactive...

Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You
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Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You

The television is channeling you. Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in...

Google Is 'very Proud' of Ghonim, Ceo Says
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Google Is 'very Proud' of Ghonim, Ceo Says

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said the company was "very proud" of employee Wael Ghonim, a leader in the antigovernment protests that toppled Egyptian...

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Aiming to Power Ever More Complex Graphics, Nvidia Plans Quad-Core Mobile Chip This Year

Chipmaker Nvidia plans this year to introduce a four-core processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that should offer roughly five times the processing power of its...

Billboards Join Wired Age
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Billboards Join Wired Age

Billboards and posters are one of world's oldest forms of advertising. Now, some marketers and start-ups say wireless technology could revamp outdoor advertising...

Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt
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Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt

More than a week after his mysterious disappearance in Egypt, Google executive and political activist Wael Ghonim will be released from government detention on...

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.

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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...

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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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...

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...

Facebook in Privacy Breach
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Facebook in Privacy Breach

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

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...
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