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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter
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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides, ladders, and firefighter...

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online
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Mugged By a Mug Shot Online

In March last year, a college freshman named Maxwell Birnbaum was riding in a van filled with friends from Austin, Tex., to a spring-break rental house in Gulf...

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'
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And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
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As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.

A Google Glass Alternative in Japan
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A Google Glass Alternative in Japan

Foreign tourists visiting this city have long encountered translation help.

Improving the Big Data Toolkit
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Improving the Big Data Toolkit

Open source software tends to march into the marketplace step by step, a quiet but steady strategy compared with the grand marketing events of the commercial software...

Harvey's Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit
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Harvey's Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit

Glenn Fleisig's rather unusual laboratory has a pitcher's mound and a home plate, and when he rigs people up to throw a baseball, their motion is analyzed with...

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
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How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them

I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious.

Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status
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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status

Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s...

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator
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The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator

Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless...

Intel's Extensive Makeover
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Intel's Extensive Makeover

While Apple talked about a couple of new products on Tuesday, Intel, with much less fanfare, talked about the transformation of a world, and itself.

Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid
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Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid

It's electrifying.

Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans
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Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans

As everything around us becomes connected to the Internet, from cars to thermometers to the stuff inside our mobile phones, technologists are confronting a tough...

Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s
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Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that...

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study
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How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study

Surveillance is certainly much in the news lately. Most notably, of course, there is the continuing outcry over the National Security Agency’s call-tracking program...

The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator
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The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator

In the ranks of technology incubator programs, there is AngelPad here in San Francisco and Y Combinator about 40 miles south in Mountain View. And then there is...

In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain
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In Markets' Tuned-­p Machinery, Stubborn Ghosts Remain

A generation ago, when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, the Nasdaq stock market appeared to have done much better than the New York Stock Exchange.

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass
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How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Google wants to see what you see. And then, of course, make money from those images.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
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Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About
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An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

Sometimes, there is an actual eureka moment.
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