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Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll

After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eolas Technologies—named after the Irish word for knowledge—may...

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'cyberspace Requires a World-Class Cyber Warrior'

With growing worries about the threat of "cyber warfare," militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central...

In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens
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In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens

Workers in the digital era can feel at times as if they are playing a video game, battling the barrage of emails and instant messages, juggling documents, Web sites...

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Jobs FBI File Notes Drug Use, Tendency to 'Distort Reality'

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a decades-old file it kept on Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs that noted his past drug use and cites interviews with...

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Poll: Most Back Obama's Use of Drones

As the 2012 election approaches, there’s one area where President Barack Obama can feel confident he has broad voter support—his military policies and use of drones...

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Web Traffic Dips 20% During Super Bowl, Yet 2.1 Million Watch Online

Fun with numbers: For the first time ever, the Super Bowl was legally streamed online here in the U.S. and, according to NBC, over 2.1 million people fired up their...

Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems
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Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems

After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."

The Future of Hiring: Human Resources, Without the Humans
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The Future of Hiring: Human Resources, Without the Humans

Imagine a scenario where your next job interview isn't face-to-face, but face-to-screen. There are no questions about your former work experience and office habits...

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit
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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.

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Wolfram, a Search Engine, Finds Answers Within Itself

Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, tends to go his own way—often with noteworthy results.

Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion
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Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken...

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Symantec Warns of Android Trojans that Mutate with Every Download

Researchers from security vendor Symantec have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan horse that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order...

Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent
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Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent

Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.

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How Did That Ad Make You Feel? Ask A Computer

If you have ever called your bank, your phone company or even your own office and slammed head-on into a voicemail system that has made you want to scream, this...

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Why Viewers Could Soon Control Super Bowl Ads

During this Sunday's Super Bowl, a record five million viewers are expected to tweet or make other social media comments—not just about the game, but also about...

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Who Does Google Think You Are?

A tool tells users what the company infers about your interests and age.

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Here's the Number That Matters in Facebook's Ipo Filing

After waiting for so long to see the numbers inside Facebook's success, it's easy to be overwhelmed by all the new data we have about the social network and company...

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The Great Disk Drive in the Sky: How Web Giants Store Big

Consider the tech it takes to back the search box on Google's home page: behind the algorithms, the cached search terms, and the other features that spring to life...

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In China, Facebook Alternatives Thrive

Anticipation over Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering has fueled a recent surge in stock prices of social media companies in China, where Facebook is blocked...

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Facebook Ipo: How Does Facebook Make Its Money?

Facebook's IPO filing shows that the company brought in about $3.7 billion in revenue and made $1 billion in profit in 2011.
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