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Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp's…
A new report from the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation says that Twitter conversations have distinct shapes—at least six of them with differing structures reflecting their social activity.
A memory effect that is crucial in electronics has been seen for the first time in a cloud of ultracold atoms.
One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
Q. What leadership lessons have you learned from your predecessor, Steve Ballmer?
A mainframe skills shortage is approaching, but only about 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Compuware said they had a formal plan in place to address the issue.
A prototype array can read more information than usual from single particles of light, and can achieve much higher data rates than conventional systems.
Belgian researchers have developed the first optical circuit that uses interconnections that are bendable and stretchable.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center recently welcomed foreign students preparing for the International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition.
For a glimpse at the future of human-robot interactions, it might be better to look at what's happening in the United States military than analyzing Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix's character falls in love with an OS voiced by…
I was recently having lunch at a lovely and only slightly overpriced cafe overlooking the Pacific in the historic resort region of Kailua-Kona on the dry side of Hawaii's "Big Island" (the island itself is also named Hawaii).
It was a mild October day in Hollywood, but a trace of artificial snow remained on the ground as Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, at the American Museum of Natural History, walked around a back lot…
Eight centuries on, the flying buttresses of Bourges Cathedral in France still beguile engineers.
This year a record 1,500 hackathons are planned around the world, up from just a handful in 2010.
New algorithms can correctly identify a person's spouse, fiance, or other romantic partner, based on a map of Facebook friends, with about 70-percent accuracy.
Conservation is for the first time beginning to operate at the pace and on the scale necessary to keep up with, and even get ahead of, the planet’s most intractable environmental challenges.
Nearly half of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless, and a third think that might happen in the next 10 years, according to an Intel survey.
A growing number of universities are overhauling their computer science courses to attract more women, and the efforts appear to be working.
Mobile apps are being designed to help make transportation safer, but a better way is needed to integrate information services within the transportation segment.
The Hadoop open source framework increasingly is being used in high-performance computing environments, particularly for data-intensive scientific computing.
Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures.
The adage "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" is destined for a futuristic makeover.
New York subway riders first were promised futuristic touchscreen wayfinding maps a year ago.
Nothing beats a movie recommendation from a friend who knows your tastes.
Researchers used a superfluid atomtronic circuit to create a hysteresis, the first time hysteresis has been observed in an ultracold atomic gas.
Makers manipulate multiple materials through additive manufacturing.
Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.
University of California, Berkeley professor David Messerschmitt is studying the design of end-to-end communications between stellar systems.
Palestinian women are joining the high-tech industry, despite obstacles presented by the economy and traditional culture.
It can be easy to forget what life was like before the Internet.