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Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'
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Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'

Intel Labs researcher Rob Ennals has developed Dispute Finder, software that highlights inaccurate online information in pink with a link pointing toward a reliable...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
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After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software

People are worried that library catalogs are in danger of marginalization because they present information online in a clunky, non-intuitive way that often frustrates...

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Spanish Scientists Develop the Intelligent Financial Search Engine

Researchers from Carlos III University of Madrid (UCM3), the University of Murcia, and the Business Institute have jointly created SONAR, a new search engine that...

New Ranking Algorithm Separates Digital Wheat from Chaff
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New Ranking Algorithm Separates Digital Wheat from Chaff

The ranking algorithm called SPEAR (SPamming-resistant Expertise Analysis and Ranking), developed by PhD candidates Ching Man Au Yeung of the University of Southampton...

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All
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Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All

Stephen Wolfram has set the ambitious goal of converting the global corpus of knowledge into a computable format through WolframAlpha.com, a computational knowledge...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Debating Net Neutrality
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Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
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Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

Taming the Vast
From ICT Results

Taming the Vast

European researchers are making an impressive effort to link up digital repositories to create a vast network of easy to search online data. The DRIVER project...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond
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Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond

WikiTrust, developed by University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers, helps users evaluate information published on Wikipedia by automatically assigning...

The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law
From ICT Results

The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law

European researchers have created a legal analysis query engine that combines artificial intelligence, game theory and semantics to offer advice, conflict prevention...

Faster Searches Key to a Greener Web
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Faster Searches Key to a Greener Web

University of Glasgow researchers created a system using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to search a document index 20 times faster than a system based on...

Software Annotates Images For Semantic Search
From ICT Results

Software Annotates Images For Semantic Search

Innovative software developed in Europe that makes it easier to organize, search and navigate collections of digital images will soon be available to media agencies...

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Html 5 Steps ­p

Microsoft Internet Explorer developers recently offered their feedback on the most recent draft of HTML version 5. Despite the fact that the entire Web is built...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
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Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data
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W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has introduced a new standard designed to make it easier to search for documents and information. The Simple Knowledge Organization...
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