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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child
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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

It looked like a child's playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on the wall.

Software Is Smart Enough For Sat, but Still Far From Intelligent
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Software Is Smart Enough For Sat, but Still Far From Intelligent

An artificial intelligence software program capable of seeing and reading has for the first time answered geometry questions from the SAT at the level of an average...

­.s. and China Seek Arms Deal For Cyberspace
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­.s. and China Seek Arms Deal For Cyberspace

The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will...

China Tries to Extract Pledge of Compliance From ­.s. Tech Firms
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China Tries to Extract Pledge of Compliance From ­.s. Tech Firms

The Chinese government, which has long used its country's vast market as leverage over American technology companies, is now asking some of those firms to directly...

Cyberthreat Posed By China and Iran Confounds White House
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Cyberthreat Posed By China and Iran Confounds White House

A question from a member of the Pentagon’s new cyberwarfare unit the other day prompted President Obama to voice his frustration about America's seeming inability...

With 'brandeis' Project, DARPA Seeks to Advance Privacy Technology
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With 'brandeis' Project, DARPA Seeks to Advance Privacy Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's new "Brandeis" program seeks to shield individual privacy instead of infringing on it.

Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.s. Over Data Access
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Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.s. Over Data Access

In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages...

China Flexes Tech Muscles Before a State Visit
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China Flexes Tech Muscles Before a State Visit

As President Xi Jinping of China prepares for his first state visit to the United States this month, Washington has warned that it could hit Chinese companies with...

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
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European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's
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In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's

When 80,000 fans pack MetLife Stadium each time the Giants and the Jets play this season, they are unlikely to notice the 22 new radio receivers placed discreetly...

Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods
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Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods

Scientists trying to build a better robot are encouraged by the latest steps, however tentative, of a humanoid named Atlas.

Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time
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Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time

You might be at work, but that hardly means you are working.

A Machine in the Co-Pilot's Seat
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A Machine in the Co-Pilot's Seat

Joel Walker, a test pilot for Aurora Flight Sciences, a maker of autonomous aircraft, flew his small, twin-engine plane through rain squalls here recently, and...

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
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Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times publishes over 300 articles, blog posts and interactive stories a day.

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

Siebel Institute Seeks to Make the Smart Grid Smarter
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Siebel Institute Seeks to Make the Smart Grid Smarter

The Siebel Energy Institute has a mission to meet the challenge of enhancing the global power grid with intelligent software. 

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program
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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

The Xiaoice smartphone chatbot introduced in China by Microsoft last year has gained a major following, with people turning to it for comfort and sympathy. 

For Mobile Messaging, GIFs Prove to Be Worth at Least a Thousand Words
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For Mobile Messaging, GIFs Prove to Be Worth at Least a Thousand Words

Lucy Dikeou, a 21-year-old senior at Stanford University, has long used English and the pictorial images known as emoji to text on her iPhone.

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program
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For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and...

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding For Career Change
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As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding For Career Change

After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.
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