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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients
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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

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Limewire Told to Shut

Popular file-sharing website LimeWire has been ordered to permanently shut down six months after a federal judge found it liable for copyright infringement on...

Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift
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Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift

Ray Ozzie, the executive who became Microsoft Corp.'s top technical visionary after the retirement of cofounder Bill Gates, plans to leave the software company...

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Apple Blinks in Apps Fight

In an uncharacteristic about-face, Apple Inc. loosened its control over software development for its iPhones and iPads as the company feels heat from a U.S. antitrust...

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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

Tech Sector in Hiring Drive
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Tech Sector in Hiring Drive

The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with earnings...

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U.s. Steps Up Probe of Hiring in Tech

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is investigating whether large tech companies have agreed not to recruit each other's employees in ways that violate antitrust...

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New Hiring Formula Values Math Pros

Silicon Valley technology firms are seeking employees with stronger backgrounds in statistics and machine learning, thanks to the advent of cloud computing. 

In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
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In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja

Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an "evangelist." But after starting her own company, she needed...

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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has...

Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000
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Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000

While some of the latest government wage data appears to show that Silicon Valley's high-tech workers are making more now than they did in 2000, a closer look at...

Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages
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Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages

Despite being the fifth-most popular Web site in the world, Wikipedia, which receives about 325 million visitors each month, is losing unprecedented numbers of...

Searching For Chinese Start-­ps
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Searching For Chinese Start-­ps

Google Inc.'s newly departed China chief outlined his plans for a technology-incubation company, capitalized with $115 million from several prominent backers. Kai...
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