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Berkeley Prof Helped Divvy Up Search to Many Servers
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Berkeley Prof Helped Divvy Up Search to Many Servers

ACM has named University of California, Berkeley computer science professor Eric Brewer the recipient of the 2009 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for his contribution...

The ­nused Cellphone App: 'calling'
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The ­nused Cellphone App: 'calling'

Harvard University senior Drew Robb is so attached to his cellphone that he keeps it by his bedside at night and in his front jeans pocket every day. He uses the...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
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What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000
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Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000

While some of the latest government wage data appears to show that Silicon Valley's high-tech workers are making more now than they did in 2000, a closer look at...

U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s
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U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s

Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation — at least until the recession began — refuting...

Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine
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Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine

The U.S. plans to make unrestricted access to the Internet a top foreign-policy priority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to announce Thursday (January...

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U.s. Keeps Science Lead, But Other Countries Gain

The United States remains the world's leader in science and technology, based on factors such as gross dollars spent, relative spending on research, research articles...

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R&d Spending in ­.s. Expected to Rebound

The United States recorded its first annual decline in spending on research and development (R&D) since 2002, as R&D spending this year fell about 3.8 percent to...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages
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Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages

Despite being the fifth-most popular Web site in the world, Wikipedia, which receives about 325 million visitors each month, is losing unprecedented numbers of...

Feds Mull Rules, Fees to Spur Net Access
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Feds Mull Rules, Fees to Spur Net Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is debating whether it should force Internet service providers (ISPs) to share their networks with rivals and increase...

Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
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Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis

The economic crisis and the reduced costs of high-tech tools and materials are fueling a resurgence in tinkering and experimentation. U.S. engineering schools...

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Group of Microsoft Rivals Nears Patent Deal in Bid to Protect Linux

The Open Invention Network (OIN), which includes major corporate supporters of open source software, is close to an agreement to purchase 22 patents involving Linux...

A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians
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A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians

The British Library's Jeremy Leighton John is working to find ways of archiving the massive amounts of data being generated and studied by scientists so future...

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Hackers Stole Ids For Attacks

Russian hackers stole U.S. identities and software tools for use in a cyberattack against Georgian government Web sites during the war between Russia and Georgia...

New Epidemic Fears: Hackers
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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Under the economic stimulus bill and other U.S. federal government proposals, hospitals and doctors' offices that invest in electronic records systems may receive...

The Next Age of Discovery
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The Next Age of Discovery

Teams of computer scientists, conservationists, and scholars are rushing to digitally save and preserve the world's literary treasures. Advanced technology is...

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Faa's Air-Traffic Networks Breached By Hackers

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general released a report on May 6 that said the U.S.'s civilian air-traffic computer networks had been breached...

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Internet Providers Move to Shape Broadband Push

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional lawmakers want to improve the quality and availability of high-speed Web access in the United States. Some...
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