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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly
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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly

When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, e-mails, and other data piling up as digital communications...

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Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror

In early September 2009, an e-mail passed through an Internet address in Peshawar, Pakistan, that was being monitored by the vast computers controlled by American...

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People's Locations Could Be Tracked

Data collected by the National Security Agency's program that monitors Americans' phone calls could be used to track millions of people's locations through their...

President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance
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President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s data-gathering programs Friday, calling them necessary for national security and well within the bounds of...

Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy
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Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy

Google released a research paper this week showing that the frequency of a movie being searched for on Google and YouTube is a surprisingly accurate indicator of...

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
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U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

5 Things You Need to Know About NSA Phone Tracking
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5 Things You Need to Know About NSA Phone Tracking

The revelation that the Obama administration is pursuing a massive surveillance program that tracks countless U.S. and international phone calls has brought privacy...

A Day in the Life of the Relentlessly Tracked
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A Day in the Life of the Relentlessly Tracked

Controversy is raging over a court order allowing the FBI and the National Security Agency to seize aggregate information of millions of Verizon customer phone...

Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily
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Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers,...

Inside Google's Secret Lab
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Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely...

Proofs Probable
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Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

The Future Is Flexible Displays
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The Future Is Flexible Displays

Manufacturers hint that bendable screens are coming soon, but academics argue that many engineering challenges remain.

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus
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Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

The possibility of a new $200-billion-plus industry has cloud security experts bracing for the ramifications.

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search
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Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission...

Web Browsers Are Reinvented
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Web Browsers Are Reinvented

Mobile phones, wearable devices, and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend...

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
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Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds
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Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.

Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'
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Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'

During its Keynote today, Google announced new features coming to its flagship search function—you know, that thing we all started using Google for. VP Amit Singhal...

Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day
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Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day

Google processes about 100 billion search requests a month, and about 15 percent of them take longer to process because the request is totally new to it.

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink
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The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you're probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering.
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