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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies
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Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies

The Long Tail theory embraced by online businesses has taken some recent criticism, raising questions about whether businesses should change their e-strategies.

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Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology Opens

The Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT) opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2009. The academy is the result of an effort to fill the need for skilled IT workers...

­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say
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­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say

Three cybersecurity experts recently told a meeting of the Congressional Cyber Caucus that current U.S. policies for protecting the United States against various...

Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers
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Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers

The United States, contrary to popular belief, is not lacking graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to a study...

Social Networks Thrive By Linking
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Social Networks Thrive By Linking

"Reaching out, not building walls" might be one way to characterize the process of social networking. It is also an apt description of the core competitive strategy...

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Semantic Integration: Meeting the Challenge

Interoperability between data sources is the fundamental challenge of data integration, and NASA computer scientist Richard Keller says that although standards...

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Overseas Chinese Return to Start Companies

TIANJIN, China — This city in northeastern China is a long way from Sand Hill Road, home to the world's greatest concentration of venture capitalists. But a deal...

Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices
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Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices

A scan of the Internet by Columbia University researchers searching for vulnerable embedded devices has found that nearly 21,000 routers, Webcams, and VoIP products...

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Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

The computer industry had an opportunity to learn about the technical details of Google's infrastructure during LADIS 2009, ACM's recent SIGOPS International Workshop...

Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics
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Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) professor Bhavani Thuraisingham, director of UTD's CyberSecurity Research Center, believes it is possible to establish data...

Exploring New Frontiers
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Exploring New Frontiers

The Expeditions in Computing program provides scientists with the funding to work on ambitious, often multidisciplinary research.

Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams
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Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams

Florida State University (FSU) researcher Kathleen Burnett has received a two-year, $380,226 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study scientific researchers...

IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years
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IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years

IDC predicts that by 2013, jobs in information technology (IT) will expand by 5.8 million worldwide, and that 75,000 new businesses will be created during that...

It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013
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It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013

Nearly three million jobs are expected to be created by the Asia-Pacific region's information technology (IT) industry by 2013, according to a new IDC study, which...

Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground
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Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground

The U.S. National Science Foundation's directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering recently created three new Expeditions in Computing. Each...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism
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New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism

There has been some concern that the new agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce will not provide enough accountability. Under the new agreement...

Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs
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Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs

A European-sponsored programme that gives universities inexpensive access to state-of-the-art microchip design tools and fabrication techniques, and helps even...

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Smart Grid Vulnerabilities Could Cause Widespread Disruptions

A new cybersecurity coordination task force report highlights the need for planners to prepare for possible attacks on the U.S.'s smart grid and the technology...
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