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Google Missed 'friend Thing'
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Google Missed 'friend Thing'

Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said one of his biggest failures as chief executive of the search giant over the last decade was grappling with the...

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Mathematically Ranking Ranking Methods

A paper on an effort to mathematically analyze three commonly-used ranking methods appears this month in the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. 

All the News That's Fit For You
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All the News That's Fit For You

Personalized news promises to make daily journalism profitable again, but technical and cultural obstacles have slowed the industry's adoption of automated personalization...

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Siemens Scada Hacking Talk Pulled Over Security Concerns

A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was...

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

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New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.

Why Google Does Not Own Skype
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Why Google Does Not Own Skype

So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It’s too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant...

Google's Annual Developers Conference Gets ­nderway
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Google's Annual Developers Conference Gets ­nderway

Whether or not Google makes any blockbuster announcements at its annual developers conference that starts Tuesday—a news report on Monday said it may unveil its...

Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets to Gain a Trading Edge
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Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets to Gain a Trading Edge

Wall Street traders are using social networking sites and computer algorithms to decipher the mood of the public to predict market fluctuations.

Data Privacy, Put to the Test
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Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.

The Science of Science
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The Science of Science

Researchers at Princeton and Carnegie Mellon universities are working to harness the explosion of Web data by developing a model that enables computers to group...

Video Content Search Gets a Boost
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Video Content Search Gets a Boost

Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory  researchers have developed TalkMiner, an online video search tool designed to make it easier to search the content of video lectures...

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A Glimpse Inside Google's Beijing Headquarters

Google may appear to be under siege in China, but a sense of normalcy—Google style—pervades the company's headquarters here.

Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay
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Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay

In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine’s logs. Owners of these new phones...

The Really Smart Phone
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The Really Smart Phone

Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease—even...

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Apple, Google Leagues Ahead in Developer Survey

Google lost some ground in its effort to catch Apple's lead in the effort to attract mobile developer interest, but other rivals aren't even close, survey data...

Web Science Meets Network Science
From Communications of the ACM

Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
From Communications of the ACM

Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
From Communications of the ACM

I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.
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