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Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches
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Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches

University of Texas at DallasUniversity of Texas at Dallas researchers are working to improve the results of searches that request multiple pieces of information...

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Canadian Researchers Reveal How They Cracked Chinese Spy Scam

A 34-year-old student and part-time tech geek at Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies tried everything to track down a piece of malicious software that...

Metasearch Engine Leaves Google, Yahoo Crawling
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Metasearch Engine Leaves Google, Yahoo Crawling

One day in the not-too-distant future, you'll be able to type a query into an online search engine and have it deliver not Web pages that may contain an answer,...

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Mozilla, Graphics Group Seek to Build 3D Web

Khronos wants to develop a public version of a royalty-free specification for accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics on the Web within 12 months. The consortium...

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Europe May Lead Next Web

Europe is leading the way in developing standards for next-generation Web technology. The European Commission (EC) last fall released a study outlining the steps...

Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities
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Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities

Google has added semantic technology to its Web search engine, which will enable it to identify associations and concepts related to a query, improving the list...

Scientists Publish Map of Knowledge
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Scientists Publish Map of Knowledge

Scientists at the research library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a map of knowledge that better reflects the actual use of information by...

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Berners-Lee: Semantic Web Will Have Privacy Built-In

World Wide Web Consortium director Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the Semantic Web will improve online privacy protection by allowing Internet users to control who can...

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Web Founder Issues 'snooping' Warning

Web pioneer and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says more protection is needed to prevent Internet snooping and ensure that...

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Theseus Tool Enables Semantic Technologies For Next-Generation Internet

Fraunhofer-GesellschaftThe Fraunhofer Institute's THESEUS Project aims to improve the use and exploitation of digital knowledge through the use of semantic technologies...

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Researchers Mine Millions of Metaphors Through Computer-Based Techniques

San Jose Mercury News (CA)A digital humanities project that started at Stanford University is teaching computers how to analyze text and extract metaphors to build...

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Semantics-Empowered Social Computing

The sheer scope of user-generated content (UGC) requires a level of organization in order to take advantage of the vast corpus of information and construct applications...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

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Exploring a 'Deep Web' That Google Can't Grasp

Google recently added the one trillionth Web address to its list of indexed Web pages, and yet that represents only a small portion of the entire Web. Beyond the...

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Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean ­p Web

Yahoo! and Microsoft announced that they will support Google's technology for detecting duplicate pages on Web sites. Web publishers will be able to use Google's...

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UCLA Team Creates Virtual Library of Medieval Manuscripts

Over the past decade, as many as 10,000 of the rarest and most important medieval manuscripts have been scanned into digital formats that could be studied on the...

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Cornell Develops Analysis Tools for Large-Scale Web Data

The Web Lab project has developed a family of data analysis tools for searching the Internet Archive. The project, a joint effort by researchers at Cornell University...

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Microsoft Searches For Group Advantage

Microsoft researchers are investigating if using data from several members of a social group, a technique Microsoft calls "groupization," can lead to better search...

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia
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SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia

ACM's premier computer graphics conference hosts its first-ever graphics event in Asia, with a more global focus.
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