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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites

Search giant displays its own health, shopping, local content ahead of links to competing sites.

New Application Allows Scientists Easy Access to Government Data
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New Application Allows Scientists Easy Access to Government Data

Computer scientists within the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an application that provides scientists...

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How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
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Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top...

Web Bug Reveals Browsing History
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Web Bug Reveals Browsing History

Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research.

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Every Day We Write the Book

What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research?

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

Computers Get Help from the Human Brain
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Computers Get Help from the Human Brain

Tapping into the processing power of the human brain could help computers with some tasks.

A Matter of Privacy
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A Matter of Privacy

Do consumers have enough control over their personal information or is more government regulation needed?

Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data
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Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data

With topic modeling, scientists can explore and understand huge collections of unlabeled information.

The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

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Search Engine Optimization 'poisoning' Way Up This Year: Report

Websense says 22.4% of Google searches lead to bad URLs vs. 13.7% at end of 2009.

Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn
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Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn

Silicon Valley is awash in tales of the "PayPal Mafia," the tight-knit group of PayPal alumni who have helped one another start and finance a crop of new companies...

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New Google Tool Makes Websites Twice as Fast

The optimization tool is the latest result of Google's speed obsession and could add to the company's bottom line.

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A Day Seen Through Google Searches

Google likes to think of itself as the world's information barometer, the most complete repository of human intent as measured by the Internet search query. Around...

A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More
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A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More

Start-ups and big companies alike have tried to take on Google by building a better search engine. That they have failed has not stopped brave new entrants.

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'wireless' Humans Could Form Backbone of New Mobile Networks

Members of the public could form the backbone of powerful new mobile Internet networks by carrying wearable sensors, according to researchers from Queen's University...

Where Good Ideas Come From
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Where Good Ideas Come From

New search technologies can identify influential documents without relying on links.

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.
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