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Scvngr's Hunt: Retailers Who See Dollars in Game Dynamics

Can location-based games for smart phones boost foot traffic at stores?

Research Project Aims to Simplify Large-Scale Network Control
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Research Project Aims to Simplify Large-Scale Network Control

Researchers at Google, Nicira Networks, and NEC presented a research project designed to simplify the control and management of large-scale network implementations...

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Google to Map Inflation Using Web Data

Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the "Google Price Index"—a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative...

Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?
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Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries—cars and wind energy.

Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change
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Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change

An average laptop contains about 1,800 components, but only one garners much brand awareness from typical consumers: the chip made by Intel.

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Dedication at Stanford Engineering Building Good For a Few Laughs

A nerd walks into an engineering building dedication...

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China Poised to Lead World in Patent Filings

Having passed Germany (exports), Japan (gross domestic product) and the United States (auto sales) over the past year, China is now poised to lead the world in...

Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

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University Startup Creation, Licensing Activity Strong Despite Downturn

In fiscal year 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession, 596 new U.S. companies were formed as a result of university research, according to new survey data from...

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

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Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn't Make It So

It is hard to support the assertion that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy that rewards good ideas regardless of gender, according to Caroline Simard, leader of the...

What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets
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What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets

The company's head of analytics explains how Twitter mines the data users produce.

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...

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Developers See Google's Android Operating System Surpassing Apple's

A majority of developers believe Google's Android operating system—not Apple's iOS—will be the dominant platform in the future to power everything from smartphones...

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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled...

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Is 4G Wireless Enough to Sate Consumers?

As data traffic explodes on wireless networks thanks to smartphones and other connected mobile devices, 4G wireless technology is expected to solve mobile operators'...

Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars
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Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars

For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony. After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant...

Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?
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Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?

Where others see a city map, Ryan Long sees a game board. The game is Foursquare, but not the way you played it in grade school. On Foursquare.com every bar,...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.
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