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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure
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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.

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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents' garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from...

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011...

Preserving Digital Data
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Preserving Digital Data

Scientific data is expanding at an unprecedented rate. While new tools are helping preserve this data, funding must be increased and policy coordination needs improvement...

Open For Business
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Open For Business

Should academic articles be available for free on the Web?

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big
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iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

The new iPad costs about $364.35 for its bill of materials, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. 

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It
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The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

For those of you reluctant to welcome our new robot overloads, it might be time to reconsider your stance.

Brain Drain: Where Cobol Systems Go From Here
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Brain Drain: Where Cobol Systems Go From Here

A recent Computerworld survey of 357 IT professionals found that 46 percent of respondents are noticing a shortage of Cobol programmers, and 50 percent said the...

Google Gives Search a Refresh
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Google Gives Search a Refresh

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market...

U.s. Army to Soldiers: 'check-Ins' Can Kill
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U.s. Army to Soldiers: 'check-Ins' Can Kill

While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting...

Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History
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Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History

The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated...

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security
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New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure...

Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade
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Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade

Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars—is there, was there or could there be life there?—the money needed to provide...

Berkeley Supports It Startups High Atop the Campus
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Berkeley Supports It Startups High Atop the Campus

High above the University of California, Berkeley campus, IT entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to grow their startups in the four-month-old Skydeck...

DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google
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DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.

How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers
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How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers

The Internet has gained a reputation as somewhere you can say and do anything with impunity, primarily because it is easy to disguise your identity.

Three Things that Scare Google
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Three Things that Scare Google

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a crowd of journalists Wednesday night that there are some things about technology and the Internet that scare him,...

Where 4,000,000 Phones a Year Go to Be Resurrected
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Where 4,000,000 Phones a Year Go to Be Resurrected

The first thing I noticed when I stepped into Recellular's Ann Arbor warehouse was the flags. From the rafters, the flags of the world oversee the processing of...

Hail to the Geeks
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Hail to the Geeks

Basketball dominates the American sports landscape in March. So perhaps it’s fitting that the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held last week...

Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization
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Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization

 It's been an action-packed two years since Jeff Jaffe took over as the World Wide Web Consortium's chief executive, but more action is the order of the day at...
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