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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless
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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless

Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt...

Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park
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Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park

When race cars whiz around a track at 200 miles per hour, driving ability isn't the only factor that determines who wins the race.

Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos
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Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos

For the CEOs of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could have been abstract. But at a classified security briefing in...

Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller
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Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller

The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.

A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy
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A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy

When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small...

Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information
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Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research recently presented their findings on distributed sensemaking at CHI 2012.  

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'
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Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'

As supercomputing makes its way through the petascale era, the future of the technology has never seemed so uncertain.

Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
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Movie Magic to Leave Home For?

Someday, if the dreams of movie-technology designers come true, you'll flash your smartphone ticket, settle into your plush cinema seat and be greeted with a hyper...

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar
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Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of the computers that control the U.S. power grid, the financial...

Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management
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Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management

Concordia University engineers have developed an algorithm designed to help public officials decide how to manage bridges.

The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars
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The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars

In the summer of 2007, Apple released the iPhone, in an exclusive partnership with A.T. & T. George Hotz, a seventeen-year-old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, was a...

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The Giants Among ­S

The patent world is quietly undergoing a change of seismic proportions. In a few short years, a handful of entities have amassed vast treasuries of patents on an...

How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business
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How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business

It is ironic that Steve Jobs, the man who focused on building consumer-friendly devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, is also radically reshaping the business...

The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data
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The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data

People generally talk less on the phone and send fewer text messages now because there are so many ways to communicate over an Internet connection. Though this...

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating...

What Makes Heroic Strife
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What Makes Heroic Strife

For the past decade or so, generals commanding the world's most advanced armies have been able to rely on accurate forecasts of the outcomes of conventional battles...

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Moore's Law Lives Another Day

"[Gordon] Moore is my boss, and if your boss makes a law, then you'd better follow it," says Mark Bohr, who leads Intel's efforts to make advances in microchip...

Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified
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Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified

At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer...

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California Chosen as Home for Computing Institute

The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen the University of California, Berkeley, as host for an ambitious new center for...
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