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Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation
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Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation

Dr. Regina Dugan is director of the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, where she researches, develops, and demonstrates high-risk, high-payoff projects...

Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications
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Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications

Vint Cerf is one of the most recognized network engineers of all time. He is often referred to as one of the "fathers of the Internet" for his groundbreaking...

Google Missed 'friend Thing'
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Google Missed 'friend Thing'

Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said one of his biggest failures as chief executive of the search giant over the last decade was grappling with the...

U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions
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U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions

Britons who can defend the nation's networks armed only with a keyboard are being sought in a national competition.

Why Has H-1b Visa Demand Plummeted?
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Why Has H-1b Visa Demand Plummeted?

The once-coveted H-1B visa that enables skilled non-citizens to work legally in the U.S. is not the prize it once was. What’s happened?

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How Drudge Has Stayed on Top

For most big news Web sites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in www.latimes...

All the News That's Fit For You
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All the News That's Fit For You

Personalized news promises to make daily journalism profitable again, but technical and cultural obstacles have slowed the industry's adoption of automated personalization...

Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

The Promise of Flexible Displays
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The Promise of Flexible Displays

New screen materials could lead to portable devices that are anything but rectangular, flat, and unbendable.

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

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Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major

As the cost of college climbs ever higher each year, amid a national economic forecast that remains cloudy, questions about the value of a four-year degree are...

Red Hot: The Computer Science Job Market
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Red Hot: The Computer Science Job Market

Across the United States, new computer science graduates from strong programs are receiving extraordinary job offers, with starting salaries as high as $105,000...

New Research Shows Keystroke Biometric Is an Effective Method to Id, Authenticate Online Test Takers
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New Research Shows Keystroke Biometric Is an Effective Method to Id, Authenticate Online Test Takers

Pace University researchers have found that the keystroke biometric is an inexpensive and effective method for user identification and authentication. 

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Arm: Intel Has Tough Road Into Mobile Market

Intel may have made a big splash this week announcing it's going to focus on the mobile market, but its rival in the space says the chip maker has an uphill climb...

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos
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Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos

To passers-by, T.J., a fit 20-something, is running around a red felt carpet about half the size of a basketball court inside a convention center. In his mind...

For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent
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For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent

Sam Lessin sold his Web start-up to Facebook for millions last year, and Facebook promptly shut it down. All Facebook wanted was Mr. Lessin.

Sony Ceo Warns of 'bad New World'
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Sony Ceo Warns of 'bad New World'

After spending weeks to resolve a massive Internet security breach, Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer said he can't guarantee the security of the company's...

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It Employment Passes 4 Million Again, Regains Recession Losses

In November 2008, two months after Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and Hewlett-Packard announced plans to lay off some 25,000 workers, IT employment reached...

Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile
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Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile

CEO Paul Otellini said today that Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices.
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