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Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

Computer Scientist Discusses Google Project
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Computer Scientist Discusses Google Project

Manas Tungare, a 2009 doctoral graduate of Virginia Tech's Department of Computer Science, was the first engineer to work on Google Instant during its earliest...

New Search Method Tracks Down Influential Ideas
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New Search Method Tracks Down Influential Ideas

Princeton University computer scientists have developed a method that uses  algorithms to trace the origins and spread of ideas, which they say could make it easier...

Web Ads Tied To News Photos Pop Up More And More
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Web Ads Tied To News Photos Pop Up More And More

Just because you can do something doesn't mean, of course, that you should. With today's technology, for instance, it's possible to give people who read the National...

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The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions

Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent.

Effective Search Terms Yield the Right Information
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Effective Search Terms Yield the Right Information

University of Gothenburg doctoral student Karin Friberg Heppin says that asking for information in the right way would help improve the performance of search engines...

The Business Of Burying Internet Search Results
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The Business Of Burying Internet Search Results

Unseen battles are waged every day on the Internet to protect and destroy brands and reputations. The Internet can be a hostile place, with powerful companies paying...

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How Google Tested Google Instant

In a world of data-obsessed number-crunching engineers, Google's John Boyd is the people person.

For Baseball Archivists, a Tag Ends Every Play
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For Baseball Archivists, a Tag Ends Every Play

Most baseball fans saw it as a dribbler in front of the plate, a throw to first and the completion of a no-hitter for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay...

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Researchers Say Web Searches Are Good Predictors of Success

Web searches are an indicator of the success of movies, games, and songs, according to a Yahoo! research group. Although the study found that traditional predictors...

Personal Fabrication
From Communications of the ACM

Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

From ACM TechNews

Google Researching Real-Time Frustration Detection

Google researchers are studying how people behave when their search is unsuccessful. Frustrated searchers may frown, move closer to the computer monitor, sigh,...

Why Google Went Instant
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Why Google Went Instant

The service, an engineering marvel, could boost Google's bottom line.

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Google

Lately, stories about Google often seem to be stories about conflict—Google knocking heads with China or the Justice Department or Facebook. For Eric E. Schmidt...

Tim Berners-Lee Calls For Free Internet Worldwide
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Tim Berners-Lee Calls For Free Internet Worldwide

Tim Berners-Lee said that he would like to see everybody given a low-bandwidth connection "by default."

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Religious Search Engines Yield Tailored Results

In a world where Google has put every bit of information at our fingertips, some people are now demanding less information when they surf the Internet.

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Google Speeds Queries With 'instant' Results

Those who find Google’s search engine to be impossibly slow will welcome Google Instant, an upgrade to the company’s search results that it unveiled Wednesday.

The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm
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The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm

Google is famous for evangelizing the power of the algorithm. It spends less time talking about the several hundred human beings who influence its algorithm.

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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

Two Years On, Chrome Reshapes Browser Market
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Two Years On, Chrome Reshapes Browser Market

It's been two years since the first public version of Chrome appeared, but in some ways, Google's browser remains a novelty.
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