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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.

Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)
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Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)

In 1961, just after America's Sputnik moment, the world's first industrial robot debuted at a General Motors assembly plant in Trenton, N.J.

Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy
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Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy

As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product:...

Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps
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Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps

If you have a smartphone, you probably have apps on it to check the news, play games, help with shopping or further a hobby like travel or bird-watching. But...

­.s. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office
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­.s. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

President Obama, who emphasizes American innovation, says modernizing the federal Patent and Trademark Office is crucial to "winning the future." So at a time...

Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010
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Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010

He raised important public issues, such as the impact of computers and the Internet on society, and encouraged social responsibility for computer professionals....

Evaluating Government Funding
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Evaluating Government Funding

A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research...

Twitter as Medium and Message
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Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.

Grid Computing's Future
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Grid Computing's Future

Outreach programs and usability improvements are drawing many researchers to grid computing from disciplines that have not traditionally used such resources.

Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win
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Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win

Jeopardy champion Watson is making IBM as sexy to work for as Apple, Google or Facebook.

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Government Employs Hackers in Brave New Scheme

Since the dawn of computing there's been a cold war between those who run computer systems and those who attack them. And never the twain shall meet—at least...

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Mature Mobile Industry Moves to Keep Customers It Has

In the pioneer days of the mobile phone industry, wireless carriers raced to put phones in the hands of the unconnected masses. With cellphones now ubiquitous...

Does Sex Discrimination in Science Keep Women Down?
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Does Sex Discrimination in Science Keep Women Down?

Today, more than half of all Ph.D.s in the life sciences are awarded to women, compared to a measly 13% bestowed upon women in 1970. However, women still lag...

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'rural Sourcing' Offers Way to Keep Jobs at Home

Rural Sourcing Inc. represents a growing trend that is helping to keep information technology jobs in the United States by locating them in smaller cities instead...

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Web Words That Lure the Readers

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

In the past three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political...

Extracting Business Ideas From It Logs
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Extracting Business Ideas From It Logs

Many companies' IT infrastructure is automatically gathering a comprehensive picture of their whole business, in the form of everything from Web server and phone...

Innovation Far Removed From the Lab
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Innovation Far Removed From the Lab

Daniel Reetz loves trash bins. A big one in Fargo, N.D., was where he found most of the materials he used to build a scanner that was fast enough to scan a 400...

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Rediscovering Wwii's Female 'computers'

In all the interviews and conversations, it hadn't come up. To the sisters, it was just a job they'd held a long time ago, when they were teens with a talent...

Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of
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Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of

Yes, Google started in Susan Wojcicki's rented garage. But in her mind, that might be the single least important fact about her long and deep relationship with...
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