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A Start-Up
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A Start-Up

With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.

Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
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Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone

Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived. Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds
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F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household...

Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry
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Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry

Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system—but the front door wasn’t locked tight.

Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus
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Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus

When Keila Fong arrived at Yale, she had never given much thought to computer science. But then last year everyone on campus started talking about the film "The...

­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
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­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments...

The First Computer Musician
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The First Computer Musician

In 1957 a 30-year-old engineer named Max Mathews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, to generate 17 seconds...

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Rsa Gets a Security Chief

RSA, the computer security unit of EMC that was hacked, has named Edward Schwartz as chief security officer, promoting him from the same role at NetWitness, a...

Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas
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Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas

Like any other high school junior, Wynn Haimer has a few holes in his academic game. Graphs and equations, for instance: He gets the idea, fine—one is a linear...

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A Nielsen Acquisition Focused on Brain Waves

The Nielsen Company has acquired the rest of a company, NeuroFocus, that specializes in the nascent realm of researching whether neuroscience can be applied to...

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Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War

The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack...

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Divorce Lawyers' New Friend: Social Networks

Discretion and privacy have become antiquated notions on social networks, and the generous revelation of secrets make some people cringe—though not divorce lawyers...

For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent
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For Buyers of Web Start-­ps, Quest to Corral Young Talent

Sam Lessin sold his Web start-up to Facebook for millions last year, and Facebook promptly shut it down. All Facebook wanted was Mr. Lessin.

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New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.

Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars
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Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public...

The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes
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The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes

All right, class, here’s your homework assignment: Devise an app. Get people to use it. Repeat.

How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold
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How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold

Last week, after the Sony PlayStation Network was attacked by a group of unknown hackers, Sony's 77 million customers, along with security specialists and government...

Data Privacy, Put to the Test
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Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.

Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay
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Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay

In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine’s logs. Owners of these new phones...
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