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Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking
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Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking

Feeling cold? Your home already knows, and turns up the heat. Sick of the TV show you are watching? Your home changes the channel.

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place
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Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place

How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence.

Giant Study Poses Dna-Sharing Dilemma
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Giant Study Poses Dna-Sharing Dilemma

After dozens of unsuccessful treatments, Eric Dishman started to suspect that his illness was due to something other than the rare kidney cancer he was diagnosed...

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
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Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
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European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Split Second
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Split Second

The issue of whether to add a "leap second" to square the clock with the Earth's orbit pits time specialists against IT.

Sensing Emotions
From Communications of the ACM

Sensing Emotions

How computer systems detect the internal emotional states of users.

New News Aggregator Apps
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New News Aggregator Apps

How apps like Inkl and SmartNews are overcoming the challenges of aggregation to win over content publishers and users alike.

Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories
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Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered Google to remove links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier removals...

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning
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Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning

In an interview, Baidu engineer Awni Hannun discusses a new model for handling Mandarin voice queries that tests found is accurate 94 percent of the time. 

'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches
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'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches

As Richard Sherman sprints side-by-side with Calvin Johnson, who is running faster?

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
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Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times' article recommendation algorithm has been overhauled, using Collaborative Topic Modeling as its inspiration.

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
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Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times publishes over 300 articles, blog posts and interactive stories a day.

3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem
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3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem

Artificial-intelligence researchers have long struggled to make computers perform a task that is simple for humans: picking out one person’s speech when multiple...

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
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With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
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Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
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Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do
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Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are racing to anticipate the needs of their users.
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