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In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island
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In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

The Web is poised for a comeback. How’s that? Isn’t the Web already the crucial utility of online commerce, information and entertainment? In many ways, it certainly...

China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years
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China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years

China is on course to overtake the U.S. in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013—far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by...

Swiping Is the Easy Part
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Swiping Is the Easy Part

The cellphone has been more than a cellphone for years, but soon it could take on an entirely new role—standing in for all of the credit and debit cards crammed...

2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company
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2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company

While changes in the ancient market-share rivalry between chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices were unremarkable in 2010, the emergence of Apple as a force...

How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind
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How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind

Few Westerners have ever seen the forging of a Japanese samurai sword. It's considered a sacred practice in Japan; one of the few traditional arts that has yet...

Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online
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Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online

The security of critical infrastructure is in the spotlight again this week after a researcher released attack code that can exploit several vulnerabilities found...

At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted
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At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted

A day after AT&T announced it would buy T-Mobile USA to create the biggest wireless carrier in the country, consumer advocates and some members of Congress blasted...

Japan
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Japan

After more than than a week of gathering anecdotal reports about shortages here and there, the research firm IHS iSuppli has concluded that 25 percent of the...

Why At&t Bought T-Mobile
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Why At&t Bought T-Mobile

AT&T, criticized and even despised for its inability to keep up with growing mobile data usage, thinks it has found the solution to its network woes. And all...

British Computer Scientists Reboot
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British Computer Scientists Reboot

After a year of turmoil, computer scientists at King's College London have retained their jobs, but substantial challenges lie ahead.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Planetary Exploration 2013
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Planetary Exploration 2013

On Monday March 7th, NASA and NSF received the results of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which recommended planetary exploration priorities to NASA and...

Google
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Google

In early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen. Their mission was to devise something far more important...

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Search Undergoing Biggest Disruption Since the Dawn of Google

Facing criticism over the quality of search results, Google recently tweaked its famously secretive algorithm to weed out spam sites and so-called "content farms...

Ex-Googlers Penetrating Silicon Valley Startup Hierarchy
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Ex-Googlers Penetrating Silicon Valley Startup Hierarchy

It may be too soon to equate the "Xooglers," as members of the ever-expanding network of ex-Google employees call themselves, with the "PayPal Mafia"—the founders...

Mark Zuckerberg's 650 Million Friends (and Counting)
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Mark Zuckerberg's 650 Million Friends (and Counting)

Back in June 2009, the globe's potpourri of social-networking sites was dazzlingly diverse: Google's Orkut dominated India and Brazil; Central and South America...

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...

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Freaks, Geeks, and Gdp

Why hasn't the Internet helped the American economy grow as much as economists thought it would?

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Go for It on Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

If humans can't beat a computer at "Jeopardy!" why should we trust them to make the right call on fourth down in the Super Bowl? That was the fundamental question...

World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015
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World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015

Anyone who thinks that the Internet revolution is in anything but its early phase had better take a look at Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.
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