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Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less
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Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less

No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it’s estimated that there are more than 14 billion.

Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs
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Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs

For media executives, there may be nothing worse than a viewer or listener who is not counted.

How Secure Is the Papal Election?
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How Secure Is the Papal Election?

As the College of Cardinals prepares to elect a new pope, security people like me wonder about the process. How does it work, and just how hard would it be to hack...

How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain
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How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain

When Google built the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, the Web giant made some big changes to the way the OS interprets your voice commands...

U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms
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U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms

The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks...

Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio
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Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio

For the first time, America's top-of-the-line F-22 fighters and Britain's own cutting-edge Typhoon jets have come together for intensive, long-term training in...

Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics
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Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics

A beige office block in Shanghai's suburbs belonging to the Chinese army became world famous on Tuesday after Mandiant, a Washington-based computer security company...

Rise of the Swarm
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Rise of the Swarm

Guided by collective intelligence, teams of small, simple robots could soon accomplish amazing feats.

Decoding Dementia
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Decoding Dementia

Computer models may help neurologists unlock the secrets of brain disorders, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample
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NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another...

Using 3D Worlds to Visualize Data
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Using 3D Worlds to Visualize Data

Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars?

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces
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Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces

Your first experience with haptics was probably your phone vibrating in your pocket.

The Drones Come Home
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The Drones Come Home

At the edge of a stubbly, dried-out alfalfa field outside Grand Junction, Colorado, Deputy Sheriff Derek Johnson, a stocky young man with a buzz cut, squints at...

China Defense Ministry Refutes Cyber Attack Allegations
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China Defense Ministry Refutes Cyber Attack Allegations

China's military spokesman said on Wednesday that the country's armed forces had never backed any hacking activities, denouncing U.S. cyber security firm Mandiant's...

Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold
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Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold

A congressman gets an earful from his neighbor after church about a tax bill. A senator suddenly finds old high school classmates calling her about an upcoming...

When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit (and How Do We Stop It from Happening)?
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When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit (and How Do We Stop It from Happening)?

The number of smartphones, tablets and other network-connected gadgets will outnumber humans by the end of the year.

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus
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The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus

The story of how the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park aided the allied code-cracking effort during World War II is becoming well known. Its claim to be a forerunner...

 DARPA Wants Teeny-Tiny Fluids to Cool Down Next-Gen Microchips
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DARPA Wants Teeny-Tiny Fluids to Cool Down Next-Gen Microchips

The Pentagon's mad scientists have concocted a plan to keep the miniature, stacked brains of tomorrow's advanced computers cool enough to power next-gen technological...

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm
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Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social...

Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.s.
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Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.s.

On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China’s growing corps...
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