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The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

Professor Steven Bellovin Discusses Computer Security
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Professor Steven Bellovin Discusses Computer Security

Columbia University professor Steven Bellovin says in an interview that he is working on the idea of private search, which allows users to work together, but not...

Decoding Our Chatter
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Decoding Our Chatter

Want to monitor an earthquake, track political activity or predict the ups and downs of the stock market? Researchers have found a bonanza of real-time data in...

Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online Highway
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Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online Highway

Despite his prominent position as a Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum has lost control of his online identity. And for all the snickering online...

Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?
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Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?

You have to wonder what's going on in the DNA of Harvard genetics professor George Church. What extra bit of code does he have that the rest of us don't? If genes...

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Mining Data For Better Medicine

The antidepressant Paxil was approved for sale in 1992, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol in 1996. Company studies proved that each drug, on its own, works...

Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.
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Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.

Eric Schmidt cut a confident figure today prior to his testimony before U.S. lawmakers, who later appeared determined to find out if Google abuses its supremacy...

Google Searching For New Ideas
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Google Searching For New Ideas

If anyone can preview the future of computing, it should be Alfred Spector, Google's director of research. Spector's team focuses on the most challenging areas...

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces
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Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers are demonstrating advances in restorative BCI systems that are giving paralyzed individuals more effective ways to communicate, move, and interact with...

News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring
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News Mining Might Have Predicted Arab Spring

You could have foreseen the Arab Spring if only you'd been paying enough attention to the news. That's the claim of a new study that shows how data mining of...

When Cookies Leak Data
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When Cookies Leak Data

We all know that cookies need to be handled with care, and new research indicates that the Google search cookie has particular problems.

Mining Electronic Records Yields Connections Between Diseases
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Mining Electronic Records Yields Connections Between Diseases

Danish scientists have devised a new way to connect the dots between diseases.

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Why Google Had to Have Motorola Mobility

For several years now, Google has been following a vow made by former CEO Eric Schmidt: mobile first. New CEO Larry Page is taking that dictum to a new level...

Remaking American Medicine
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Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
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Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Los Alamos Builds Time Machine to the Way the Web Was
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Los Alamos Builds Time Machine to the Way the Web Was

Researchers at the Los Alamos Research Library and Old Dominion University have developed Memento, a technical specification that embeds the concept of time into...

London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters
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London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters

As rioting continues to roil the streets of London, local police forces are turning to the Web to help unmask those involved in the torching and looting.  On...

Web Search Is Ready For a Shakeup, Says ­w Computer Scientist
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Web Search Is Ready For a Shakeup, Says ­w Computer Scientist

University of Washington (UW) professor Oren Etzioni recently called on the international academic community and engineers to be more ambitious in designing how...

Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?
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Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?

Mike Nichols has a poster on his office wall. It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible...

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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.
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