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Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans
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Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Are you a financially strapped working mother who smokes?

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions
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'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip.

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries
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Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries

The Internet's eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to...

Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election
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Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election

Google long ago went from being a mere directory of the Internet to a shaper of online reality, helping determine what we see and how.

How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future
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How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future

In the labs of George Washington University, students are laboring in labs covered in black-and-white dotted paper, puzzling out how to make a machine that understands...

Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence
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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
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New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time

Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. 

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Fbi's Search For 'mo,' Suspect in Bomb Threats, Highlights ­se of Malware For Surveillance

The man who called himself "Mo" had dark hair, a foreign accent and—if the pictures he emailed to federal investigators could be believed—an Iranian military uniform...

Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation
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Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation

 It's taken almost a decade, but the courts have finally handed down a ruling on Google's audacious project to scan millions of books to build a book search engine...

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
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The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq
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Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds...

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
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Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
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Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources
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Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources

Every second, more than two more people join LinkedIn's network of 238 million members.

For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say
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For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say

In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency's newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting...

Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'
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Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'

You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!

Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers
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Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers

Google, I wish I knew how to quit you.

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'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

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The Search For the Right Candidate Just Got More Personal

The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get a lot more personal, at least if Google has any say in it.

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...
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