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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

Google Looks For the Next Google
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Google Looks For the Next Google

Google thinks it can be young and crazy again. And it is betting $200 million that it is right.

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
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A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

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Old Dominion U. Researchers Ask How Much of the Web Is Archived

Old Dominion University researchers, led by professor Michael L. Nelson, are trying to determine how much of the public Web is archived and where it is being stored...

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Google Takes On Friend Sprawl

Google Inc. launched its most ambitious social-networking effort yet, broadening a battle with Facebook Inc. to grab the attention of Web users and future advertising...

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New Project Could Improve Results From School Web Searches

Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers have launched a partnership aimed at improving Internet search results for teachers and students...

Researchers Turn Twitter Into Real-Time Sports Commentator
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Researchers Turn Twitter Into Real-Time Sports Commentator

Rice University researchers, led by Siqi Zhao, say that Twitter can offer an accurate commentary of a sporting event that is accurate to within a few seconds of...

Google to FTC: Bring It On
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Google to FTC: Bring It On

Google on Friday staked out its position in what could be a long antitrust battle over how the company conducts its core business.

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Ftc to Serve Google With Subpoenas in Broad Antitrust Probe

The Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling the start of a wide-ranging...

Brave, New Social World
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Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Weighing Watson's Impact
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Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

Web Addresses Enter New.era
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Web Addresses Enter New.era

On Monday, the organization that regulates the world's Internet domain names—yes, there is central coordination—approved changes that could allow anyone to register...

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Spies Can Send Messages Hidden in a Google Search

The peculiar list of search options that Google suggests as you type in a query could be hijacked to let people communicate secretly.

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Internet Braces For New Addresses Beyond '.com,' Including '.bank,' '.eco' and '.canon.'

The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new Web-site suffixes, including...

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Google Voice Search Offers Natural User Input

Google Voice Search for desktop computers isn't much more than the company porting a technology that's been on mobile phones for a while to PCs. But don't write...

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web
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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web

The move may finally encourage widespread use of technology that makes online information as comprehensible to computers as it is to humans. If the effort works...

Superfast Search Engine Speeds Past the Competition
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Superfast Search Engine Speeds Past the Competition

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have developed FastBit, a new approach to searching huge databases that can search databases up to 100 times faster...

Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight
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Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight

In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company...

Web Interface Defines New Paradigm For Life Science Data Sharing
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Web Interface Defines New Paradigm For Life Science Data Sharing

The Japanese research institute RIKEN has developed the Scientists' Networking System (SciNetS), a lightweight Web service interface for accessing large amounts...
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