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Cities Fail to Recognize Full Potential of Smart Technologies
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Cities Fail to Recognize Full Potential of Smart Technologies

Opening up data and digital assets is critical to accelerating low-carbon cities, according to a recent University of Nottingham report. 

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Zynga's Ipo Will Make Mark Pincus Silicon Valley's Next Billionaire

Zynga, the maker of Mafia Wars and FarmVille, is about to go public in the biggest tech stock offering since Google.

Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring
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Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring

It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software...

Flight of the Warbots
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Flight of the Warbots

How a save-the-earth maker of solar-powered aircraft became the world's most prolific manufacturer of military drones.

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Cyber-Intruder Sparks Massive Federal Response

The first sign of trouble was a mysterious signal emanating from deep within the U.S. military’s classified computer network.

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Silicon Valley Fighting Proposed Law Pushed By Hollywood

Silicon Valley is making one of its biggest lobbying pushes ever, as it fights a proposed law championed by Hollywood called the Stop Online Piracy Act. But whether...

A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers
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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers

There was a time not so long ago that buying a car was one of the worst shopping experiences. As you drove off the dealer's lot, you couldn't escape the feeling...

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Pentagon Fast-Tracks Hacker Research

The Pentagon has long had a love-hate relationship with computer hackers: On the outside, they can infiltrate vulnerable defense networks. On the inside, they...

A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor
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A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor

In a cluttered chip-making laboratory on Stanford's campus, Max Shulaker is producing the world's smallest computer circuits by hand.

New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law
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New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law

Continually needing to add computing power to its microprocessors, Santa Clara behemoth Intel this year announced it was venturing beyond its traditional method...

Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest
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Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest

"Yes! We have elegance!" says a student from the University of Waterloo. Then he pauses, and his shoulders slump.

Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq
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Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq

"Carrier IQ" is a company that sells software to wireless companies that reports how well networks are performing in real-time, by sending performance data from...

Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site
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Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site

Government intelligence service targets "self-taught" hackers with cryptic Web site that features no obvious branding.

The Search For Analysts to Make Sense of 'big Data'
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The Search For Analysts to Make Sense of 'big Data'

Businesses keep vast troves of data about things like online shopping behavior, or millions of changes in weather patterns, or trillions of financial transactions—information...

Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns
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Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Here in this once-thriving town of furniture makers and textile mills, where Main Street businesses have vanished, nearby fast-food joints have closed and unemployment...

Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations
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Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., recently unveiled an exhibit of 30 giant iPhone-like models honoring the inventions of the late...

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How Games Are Driving a Mobile Graphics Revolution

The needs of players are helping to push advances from chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia.

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The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

The data revolution has turned customers into unwitting business consultants, as our purchases and searches are tracked to improve everything from Web sites to...

Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?
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Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?

And why was it connected to the Internet, anyway?

Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011
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Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

 Colleagues recall the creator of C and codeveloper Unix, an unassuming but brilliant man who enjoyed playing practical jokes on his coworkers.
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