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This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds
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This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds

There was a time when Melody Meckfessel juggled two wardrobes: one for one Google, and one for the rest of her life.

Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy
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Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy

Matt Valentine, head of Microsoft's enterprise solutions for Hong Kong, shares a key piece of advice with his five- and seven-year-old children: when it comes to...

In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge
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In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge

The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has...

Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data
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Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data

Ram Sriharsha works in the engine room powering one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. He’s an engineer at Yahoo.

N.s.a. Leak Puts Focus on System Administrators
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N.s.a. Leak Puts Focus on System Administrators

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about American surveillance, personifies a debate at the heart of technology...

Backing Creativity
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Backing Creativity

Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.

Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet
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Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet

In his young career, Jeffrey Hammerbacher has been a scout on the frontiers of the data economy.

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure
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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail
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Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick.

Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind
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Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind

In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo's top lawyers made their case.

The Nsa Could Collect Far More Than Your Phone Records from Mobile Operators
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The Nsa Could Collect Far More Than Your Phone Records from Mobile Operators

The revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting our phone records has generated considerable outrage, but phone call metadata is just the beginning...

Big Data Sleuthing, 1960s Style
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Big Data Sleuthing, 1960s Style

America's intelligence agencies have long prodded the frontiers of computing and data analysis as the most demanding of customers, willing to pay whatever it takes...

'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains
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'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains

Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of...

Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism
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Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism

It used to be that the National Security Agency and its ilk had to pay through the nose for the latest in spying technology.

How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly
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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly

When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, e-mails, and other data piling up as digital communications...

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Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror

In early September 2009, an e-mail passed through an Internet address in Peshawar, Pakistan, that was being monitored by the vast computers controlled by American...

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People's Locations Could Be Tracked

Data collected by the National Security Agency's program that monitors Americans' phone calls could be used to track millions of people's locations through their...

President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance
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President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s data-gathering programs Friday, calling them necessary for national security and well within the bounds of...

Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy
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Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy

Google released a research paper this week showing that the frequency of a movie being searched for on Google and YouTube is a surprisingly accurate indicator of...
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