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Nasa Stresses New Mission
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Nasa Stresses New Mission

Putting U.S. astronauts aboard private spacecraft originally was intended to accelerate the pace and slash the cost of manned exploration. But now, National Aeronautics...

Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo
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Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo

The social network priced its shares at $38 apiece, valuing the company at $104 billion.

The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends
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The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends

People who are older than 75 have seen the world do some crazy things. They were born during or before Hitler's rise to power, lived through the deprivation and...

Facebook's Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
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Facebook's Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief, has managed to amass more information about more people than anyone else in history. Now what?

The Education of Mark Zuckerberg
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The Education of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is ready for his close-up.

Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future
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Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future

Much of Intel's success as a microprocessor manufacturer over the past four decades has come from the company's ability to understand and anticipate the future...

Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless
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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless

Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt...

Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park
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Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park

When race cars whiz around a track at 200 miles per hour, driving ability isn't the only factor that determines who wins the race.

Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos
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Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos

For the CEOs of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could have been abstract. But at a classified security briefing in...

Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller
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Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller

The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.

A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy
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A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy

When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small...

Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information
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Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research recently presented their findings on distributed sensemaking at CHI 2012.  

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'
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Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'

As supercomputing makes its way through the petascale era, the future of the technology has never seemed so uncertain.

Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
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Movie Magic to Leave Home For?

Someday, if the dreams of movie-technology designers come true, you'll flash your smartphone ticket, settle into your plush cinema seat and be greeted with a hyper...

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar
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Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of the computers that control the U.S. power grid, the financial...

Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management
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Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management

Concordia University engineers have developed an algorithm designed to help public officials decide how to manage bridges.

The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars
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The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars

In the summer of 2007, Apple released the iPhone, in an exclusive partnership with A.T. & T. George Hotz, a seventeen-year-old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, was a...

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The Giants Among ­S

The patent world is quietly undergoing a change of seismic proportions. In a few short years, a handful of entities have amassed vast treasuries of patents on an...

How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business
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How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business

It is ironic that Steve Jobs, the man who focused on building consumer-friendly devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, is also radically reshaping the business...
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