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Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts
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Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts

Opinions expressed on the Internet can determine the eventual success or failure of a product, and tools stemming from the emergent field of sentiment analysis...

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How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

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Semantics-Based Software Boosts Company Performance

SUPER, a European research project, has developed software that expedites companies' development or adjustment of their business processes while realizing cost...

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­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

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Communication Devices 2033

Motorola's Consumer Xperience Design (CXD) teams have speculated possible evolutionary paths that communication devices may take during the next 25 years. They...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Top Designers in Your Own Home?
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Top Designers in Your Own Home?

A Web tool that gives homeowners a virtual representation of how new products  look in their home promises to help textile producers boost product development.AsIsKnown...

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Linked Data System Provides More Effective Research

Experts at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) have developed the Resilience Knowledge Base Explorer, a new infrastructure...

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Semantic Search Engine to Speed ­p Administrative Procedures

The Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) School of Computing's Ontology Engineering Group has developed an ontology-based semantic search engine for government...

Master of Connections
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Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
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Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

Google Claims Breakthrough in Image Search
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Google Claims Breakthrough in Image Search

Humans may excel at pattern recognition, but computers aren't very smart at identifying images. Our brains can immediately identify photos of famous landmarks such...

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Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

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Dumb Ways To Make Computers Smarter

Cornell University researchers have developed a technique that will make it easier for computers to find written articles that are related to one another based...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

University of Washington researchers have developed an automated information extraction software engine that mines meaning out of more than 500 million Web pages...

Better and Faster Search Engines
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Better and Faster Search Engines

Ola Agren, a Ph.D. candidate at Umea University in Sweden, has developed an algorithm that will make search engines faster and return more relevant results. Search...

Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere
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Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere

A U.C. Berkeley report shows that most Internet users don't understand Web site privacy policies, and that major online businesses like Google Inc. freely gather...
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