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Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech
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Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech

To many in the high-tech business, a troll plots his schemes in a white office building on a hill in this leafy suburb of Seattle.

Apple's Samsung Win Slams Asian Phone Makers
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Apple's Samsung Win Slams Asian Phone Makers

Samsung wasn't the only Asian smartphone maker to suffer through a Black Monday.

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
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An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market

Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main...

In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women
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In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women

In an effort to address the declining number of female employees within the company, Google researchers developed algorithms to determine exactly when the company...

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

Atomic-Level Computing
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Atomic-Level Computing

Thanks to the University of New South Wales and IBM Research, scientists are moving closer to the junction of quantum and digital computing.

Chips Go Upscale
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Chips Go Upscale

After decades in Flatland, the end of Moore's Law is pushing semiconductors into the third dimension.

Garbage In, Info Out
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Garbage In, Info Out

Security researchers used malware to investigate large-scale Internet censorship in Egypt and Libya.

In Honor of Alan Turing
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In Honor of Alan Turing

Thirty-two of the 39 living A.M. Turing Award laureates gathered in San Francisco to pay tribute to "the father of CS" and discuss the past, present, and future...

The Big Apple's Big Data Advantage
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The Big Apple's Big Data Advantage

Microsoft's new research lab in Manhattan will focus on big data analysis, examining massive amounts of information created by the world's digital users, says lab...

 Why Passwords Have Never Been Weaker—and Crackers Have Never Been Stronger
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Why Passwords Have Never Been Weaker—and Crackers Have Never Been Stronger

In late 2010, Sean Brooks received three e-mails over a span of 30 hours warning that his accounts on LinkedIn, Battle.net, and other popular Websites were at risk...

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Secrets Learned in Apple-Samsung Trial

When companies go to trial, as Apple and Samsung have learned, the public gets to hear corporate secrets. Among those revealed:

In Apple’s Patent Case, Tech Shifts May Follow
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In Apple’s Patent Case, Tech Shifts May Follow

This week, nine jurors are expected to hunker down in a federal courthouse here to decide a case that could change how the world's smartphones and tablet computers...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

New Wave of Adept Robots Is Changing Global Industry
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New Wave of Adept Robots Is Changing Global Industry

At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old...

Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small
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Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small

Mike Olson runs a company that specializes in the world’s hottest software. He's the CEO ofCloudera, a Silicon Valley startup that deals in Hadoop, an open source...

Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport
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Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport

It sounds like an air traveler's nightmare: a sophisticated software attack that allows hackers to access internal airport computer systems and manipulate data...

How Big Data Became So Big
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How Big Data Became So Big

This has been the crossover year for Big Data—as a concept, as a term, and, yes, as a marketing tool.

Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked
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Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of the nation's air traffic control system.

What's Next For Nasa? 10 Wild Newly Funded Projects
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What's Next For Nasa? 10 Wild Newly Funded Projects

What's next for NASA now that Curiosity has touched down on Mars? For a sneak peek into what the space agency has in store, take a look at the 28 proposals for...
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