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Remote Control, With a Wave of a Hand
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Remote Control, With a Wave of a Hand

Playing a computer game once meant sitting on the couch and pushing buttons on a controller, but those buttons have been disappearing of late, replaced by human...

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Court Case Asks if 'Big Brother' Is Spelled GPS

The precedent is novel. More precisely, the precedent is a novel. In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges...

Bike Crash Wiped Details; Gps Data Filled Them In
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Bike Crash Wiped Details; Gps Data Filled Them In

After racing and biking back roads on the San Francisco Peninsula for almost half a century without serious incident, on July 3 I crashed while riding downhill...

Hacker Rattles Security Circles
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Hacker Rattles Security Circles

He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and despises dissidents in his country.

In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
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In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher here, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or in clumps on the floor. They're studying Shakespeare's "As...

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Why Wireless Markets Are Concentrated

In its suit to block AT&T’s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile, the Justice Department leans heavily on the argument that consolidated market power is bad for consumers...

Animated or Real, Both Are Believable
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Animated or Real, Both Are Believable

It is still possible to distinguish between a living, breathing character in a movie and an animated one—but it is getting harder.

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Attention to Detail, Noted in 313 Patents

When people in the technology industry speak of Steven P. Jobs’s knack for design, they often have Apple’s iconic products in mind: the early all-in-one Macintosh...

Motorola
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Motorola

Hundreds of framed patents hang on two separate walls at the headquarters of Motorola Mobility in Libertyville, IL. They testify to the pride in innovation at...

Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course
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Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course

A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more...

Sending the Police Before There's a Crime
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Sending the Police Before There's a Crime

The arrests were routine. Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One...

London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters
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London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters

As rioting continues to roil the streets of London, local police forces are turning to the Web to help unmask those involved in the torching and looting.  On...

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At a Hacker Conference, Plenty of Friendly Feds

 Why are the Feds hobnobbing with hackers? Defcon, a convention of computer hackers here, was crawling with federal agents on Friday. They smiled, shook hands,...

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Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Social Networkers

The Pentagon is developing plans to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as both a resource and a weapon in future conflicts. Its research and...

Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?
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Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?

Mike Nichols has a poster on his office wall. It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible...

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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

Colleges Join Plan For Faster Computer Networks
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Colleges Join Plan For Faster Computer Networks

A coalition of 29 American universities is throwing its weight behind a plan to build ultra-high-speed computer networks—with Internet service several hundred...

Codebook Shows an Encryption Form Dates Back to Telegraphs
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Codebook Shows an Encryption Form Dates Back to Telegraphs

If not for a computer scientist’s hobby of collecting old telegraph codebooks, a crucial chapter in modern cryptography might have been lost to history.

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Decoding Your Email Personality

Imagine, if you will, a young Mark Zuckerberg circa 2003, tapping out mail messages from his Harvard dorm room. It's a safe bet he never would have guessed that...

Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
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Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees...
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