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Web Guru Berners-Lee Highlights Open Data
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Web Guru Berners-Lee Highlights Open Data

Linked data will transform the Internet because Web browsing would give way to using programs that automatically seek out and find useful information, according...

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Cryptographic Showdown, Round 2: NIST Picks 14 Hash Algorithms

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has completed round one of its open competition to create a new Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA). The...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo
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Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo

Yahoo Labs is hiring social scientists, including cognitive psychologists, economists, and ethnographers, to help it understand what motivates users to click and...

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Aussie Quantum Experiment Challenges Einstein, Computer Science

University of Queensland (UQ) and Harvard University researchers have completed an experiment that could have massive ramifications for science through the application...

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Hidden Sensor Network Detects Explosives

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communications, Information Processing, and Ergonomics have developed Hazardous Material Localization and Person Tracking...

American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents
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American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents

For the second straight year, foreign companies collectively captured a slight majority of new U.S. patents awarded to corporations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'
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Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'

Washington and Lee University Associate Professor Claudette Artwick sees evidence of a 'digital divide' in recent social media campaigns to locate missing persons...

Faster, Easier Way to Access Audiovisual Assets
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Faster, Easier Way to Access Audiovisual Assets

Millions of hours of old shows sit collecting dust in the basements of TV and radio broadcasters. Digging through these audiovisual treasure troves is becoming...

Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green
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Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green

Alcatel-Lucent's research division, Bell Labs, spearheaded the launch of a global consortium of academics, operators and vendors on Monday (January 11), tasked...

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Computer Programmed to Read Human Faces

Scientists have programmed computers to read human expressions and to tell whether one is in pain. "Each facial expression is made up of many different components...

Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'
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Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'

After an extended slump, technology spending will rev back to life in 2010, according to analyst firm Forrester. "The technology downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

Wireless Operators Struggle to Deliver Broadband
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Wireless Operators Struggle to Deliver Broadband

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Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force
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Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force should have more confidence in its software as a result of a new research project at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The Nebraska team...

Maryland: The State of Cyber Security
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Maryland: The State of Cyber Security

Maryland's leaders want the state to take a lead role in the cyber security field in an effort to land thousands of jobs as the federal government and high-tech...

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Canada Picks ­p Pace in Computer, Tech Spending

Canadian companies have been picking up their spending on computers, software and other technology, but they still lag the U.S., according to an annual study. Businesses...

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Feds Hand Out $47 Million in Grants For Green Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $47 million in federal stimulus money to 14 private projects aimed at making data centers more energy efficient....

MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers
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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to...

Making Tv Social, Virtually
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Making Tv Social, Virtually

Researchers from Motorola, BT, and Intel are developing ways to combine social networking technology with TV viewing. The goal is to get as close as possible to...
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