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New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent
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New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent

Silicon Valley is one of four areas that will soon have a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the challenge will be how to attract and retain qualified...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?
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Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?

Does the U.S. government read your email? It's a simple question, but apparently there's no simple answer. And the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service...

Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars
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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, and National University of Singapore recently presented an algorithm that enables...

New Technology Slashes Data Center Energy Consumption
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New Technology Slashes Data Center Energy Consumption

A new energy-aware plug-in can reduce energy consumption in data centers by more than 20 percent, according to researchers with the European Union-funded FIT4Green...

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

New Apps Redefine Poetry
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New Apps Redefine Poetry

Computing technology offers new methods for poetic expression, says Jason Lewis, a professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University...

England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent
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England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent

Football's world governing body Fifa and other organisations are preparing to vote on something many fans of the game have been crying out for: goal-line technology...

PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies
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PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies

Many readers will have watched the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championships last Sunday in which Spain demolished a tired Italian team by 4 goals to nil. The...

A Code of Conduct, For Drones?
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A Code of Conduct, For Drones?

It's a bird. It's a plane. Actually, it's a drone. And now those unmanned aircraft, best known for being used by the U.S. to kill terrorism suspects overseas, have...

Jobs vs. Gates, Redux
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Jobs vs. Gates, Redux

It’s difficult to find two people who have had a greater influence on people’s lives than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. 

Biology's Master Programmers
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Biology's Master Programmers

George Church is an imposing figure—over six feet tall, with a large, rectangular face bordered by a brown and silver nest of beard and topped by a thick mop of...

Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds
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Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds

Many high-level technology executives are convinced that some other country, probably China, will supplant Silicon Valley as the global center for innovation within...

Google's Futuristic Glasses Move Closer to Reality
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Google's Futuristic Glasses Move Closer to Reality

Google recently announced that it is selling a prototype of its Internet-connected glasses, known as Google Glasses, to U.S. computer programmers for $1,500, hoping...

Computing Advances Vital to Sustainability Efforts
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Computing Advances Vital to Sustainability Efforts

Advances in computing, such as those that help to understand complex systems and their connections, are crucial to solving sustainability problems, according to...

'leap Second' Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web
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'leap Second' Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web

Reddit, Mozilla, Gawker, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software underpinning their online operations...

Official: West Concerned About Iranian, Islamic Video Games Production
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Official: West Concerned About Iranian, Islamic Video Games Production

Production of computer and video games with Iranian and Islamic contents has become a source of concern for the western states, a senior Iranian cultural official...

'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend
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'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend

The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend but don't make big plans because it will only last an extra second. A so-called "leap second" will be added...

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.
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