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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm
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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm

Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it...

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
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Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself," wrote Walt Whitman, America's great bard of self-promotion.

How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design
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How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

You probably feel strongly about iOS 7.

Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing
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Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing

For the first time, the United States' most secret court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), has published its legal rationale as to why the ...

The New National Identity Is What Smartphone You Prefer, and Nobody's Quite Sure Why
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The New National Identity Is What Smartphone You Prefer, and Nobody's Quite Sure Why

In a fascinating note at Asymco, mobile analyst and ex-Nokian Horace Dediu details how people's taste in smartphones varies from place to place:

Improving the Big Data Toolkit
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Improving the Big Data Toolkit

Open source software tends to march into the marketplace step by step, a quiet but steady strategy compared with the grand marketing events of the commercial software...

Google vs. Death
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Google vs. Death

In person, it can be a little hard to hear Larry Page.

Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed
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Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed

When we reviewed iOS 6 a year ago, we called it a "spit-and-polish" release and stand by that assessment today.

Machine Language: How Siri Found Its Voice
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Machine Language: How Siri Found Its Voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta.

Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom
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Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom

Asia's new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi...

Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status
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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status

Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s...

E-Zpasses Get Read All Over New York (not Just at Toll Booths)
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E-Zpasses Get Read All Over New York (not Just at Toll Booths)

After spotting a police car with two huge boxes on its trunk—that turned out to be license-plate-reading cameras—a man in New Jersey became obsessed with the loss...

The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World
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The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World

The modern map is no longer an unwieldy printed publication we wrestle with on some blustery peak, but digital, data-rich, and dynamic.

How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy
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How Facebook Makes ­s ­nhappy

No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely.

Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows
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Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bedfellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and...

The Big Data Employment Boom
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The Big Data Employment Boom

Big data has been favorably cast as "the new oil" and held up as the economic counterweight to America's sinking manufacturing sector.

How the N.S.A Cracked the Web
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How the N.S.A Cracked the Web

It's been nearly three months since Edward Snowden started telling the world about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of global communications.

Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen
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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen

At some point in the coming weeks, users of Apple iPhones and iPads will wake up to an alert that there is a new version of the company's mobile operating system...

Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen
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Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen

Everywhere you go, your phone is sending out signals that can be assembled to form a picture of your movements.

Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s
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Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that...
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