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Steve Ballmer Reboots

They had his dining room waiting. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive and one of the richest men in the world, often eats privately at a Bellevue (Wash.)...

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Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of 'warehouse' Computing

 Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers. He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.

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The Search For the Right Candidate Just Got More Personal

The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get a lot more personal, at least if Google has any say in it.

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Google Adds Posts From Its Social Network to Search Results

Google's popularity was built on its ability to help people find just the right Web pages. Then came the social Web, led by Facebook, where people go to see vast...

Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For 'browser' After Sponsored Post Penalty
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Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For 'browser' After Sponsored Post Penalty

Searches for "browser" no longer bring up the Google Chrome home page after Google applied a penalty against the page because of Google's own sponsored post campaign...

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Answers to Google Interview Questions

1. What's the next number in this sequence: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66 … ?

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How to Ace a Google Interview

Imagine a man named Jim. He's applying for a job at Google. Jim knows that the odds are stacked against him. Google receives a million job applications a year.

Tool Detects Patterns Hidden in Vast Data Sets
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Tool Detects Patterns Hidden in Vast Data Sets

Researchers at the Broad Institute and Harvard University have developed a tool that can analyze large data sets. 

Data Mining Without Prejudice
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Data Mining Without Prejudice

A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large data sets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.

Quantum Pagerank Algorithm Outperforms Classical Version
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Quantum Pagerank Algorithm Outperforms Classical Version

Researchers from Complutense University of Madrid have developed a quantum version of Google's PageRank algorithm that outperforms the world's leading search...

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Quantum Pagerank Algorithm Outperforms Classical Version

Google's PageRank algorithm is the idea that the importance of a Webpage can be measured by the number of important papers that point toward it.

A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers
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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers

There was a time not so long ago that buying a car was one of the worst shopping experiences. As you drove off the dealer's lot, you couldn't escape the feeling...

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Voice Control, the End of the Tv Remote?

Before he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs left clues that he was working on a new product that would revolutionize how we interact with our TVs. "It will have the...

Does Apple's Siri Threaten Google's Search Monopoly?
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Does Apple's Siri Threaten Google's Search Monopoly?

The future of search may look a little like Kirsten Goldenberg, a 14-year-old high-school student in Los Angeles. When she needs help with a homework problem,...

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Video Search Solves the News Segmentation Problem

Computer scientists at Paris-based search engine company Exalead have developed Voxalead, a video search service that automatically divides news broadcasts into...

Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine
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Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

The organizers of the YaCy free software project hope to one day replace centrally run search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. 

Google ­sability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable
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Google ­sability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable

Google's Dan Russell recently spoke to New Scientist on improving searches. 

Brave NUI World
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Brave NUI World

Natural user interface developments, such as Microsoft's Kinect, may indicate the beginning of the end for the mouse.

The Rise of Molecular Machines
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The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science...

Google's Search Algorithm Challenged
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Google's Search Algorithm Challenged

Padua University professor Massimo Marchiori is leading the development of Volunia, a new search engine that could challenge Google's search algorithm and lead...
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