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At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5
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At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

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Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

A Washington state supreme court issued a decision yesterday [May 6, 2010] supporting a public library's decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that...

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Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet. Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined...

Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past
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Artists Mine Scientific Clues to Paint Intricate Portraits of the Past

Artists are still painting things they cannot see in real life. Rather than being separated from their subjects by thousands of miles, though, today’s artists are...

A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory
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A Little Black Box to Jog Failing Memory

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He couldMicrosoft’s...

Google
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Google

In a meeting at Google in 2004, the discussion turned to an e-mail message the company had received from a fan in South Korea. Sergey Brin, a Google founder, ran...

Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case
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Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case

Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company’s executives criminally responsible for...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

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­.s. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing

The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

Google Applies to Become Power Marketer
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Google Applies to Become Power Marketer

Google is stepping up its forays into the energy world. The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data...

Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity
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Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity

Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...
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