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Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise
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Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise

Online tools developed in Europe have created completely new approaches in pedagogy – the science of education.

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Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

A Washington state supreme court issued a decision yesterday [May 6, 2010] supporting a public library's decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that...

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How Google Got Its New Look

Every day 268 million people use Google to search for something. The query goes in, the company's software delivers back the most relevant links. The interaction...

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live
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'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
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Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer Losing Browser Share

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, now accounts for less than 60% of the market, down from 95% at its peak in 2003, according to new figures.

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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.

Real-Time Search
From ACM News

Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech
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Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech

From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence. This learning continues throughout...

Combing Medical Records For Research
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Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

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Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet. Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined...

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.

Data Streaming 2.0
From Communications of the ACM

Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.

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Legislators Propose International Cybercrime Cooperation Laws

The recently introduced International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act would require the U.S. government to study the cybercrime policies of other nations...

Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
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Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble

 Behind Google Inc.'s dramatic decision to shutter its China-based search engine this week was co-founder Sergey Brin's change of heart about the compromises required...

Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past
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Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past

Artists are still painting things they cannot see in real life. Rather than being separated from their subjects by thousands of miles, though, today’s artists are...

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Computer Scientists Create a Multilingual Search Engine

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid researchers have developed a multilingual search engine that can query a data repository written in Interlingua using questions...

Speech Technology on Cell Phones Getting Better but Still Not Perfect
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Speech Technology on Cell Phones Getting Better but Still Not Perfect

"Cat got your tongue?" my wife asked as we bumped along the freeway one recent afternoon. "I wonder where that phrase comes from?" she added a moment later. Now...

A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory
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A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He couldMicrosoft’s...

Google
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Google

In a meeting at Google in 2004, the discussion turned to an e-mail message the company had received from a fan in South Korea. Sergey Brin, a Google founder, ran...
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