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Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'
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Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'

More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine.

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

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Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of 'warehouse' Computing

 Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers. He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.

Why Google Does Not Own Skype
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Why Google Does Not Own Skype

So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It’s too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant...

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The 'Panda' That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google

Google's new update to its search engine addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher...

Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference
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Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a "jackpotted" ATM machine that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference...

Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring
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Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time—and says it uses that information to predict the future.

DARPA
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DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

Google
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Google

Google engineers are working on a translator for Google Android smartphones to convert one language into another quickly enough to allow speakers without a common...

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Pentagon Searches For

One of the trickiest problems in cyber security is trying to figure who’s really behind an attack. Darpa, the Pentagon agency that created the Internet, is trying...

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Rogue Marketers Can Mine Your Info on Facebook

Got an e-mail list of customers or readers and want to know more about each — such as their full name, friends, gender, age, interests, location, job and education...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...
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