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Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'
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Election Polling: When 'who Will Win?' Beats 'who Do You Like?'

Statisticians and political scientists are more reliant on the question, "Who do you think will actually win?" than "Who do you like?" when it comes to predictive...

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms
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Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced a Pentagon project to develop flexible electronic devices with Silicon Valley companies and scientists.

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side
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Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side

That's the takeaway from a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.

Silicon Valley Icon Wants to Hack His Way to the Presidency
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Silicon Valley Icon Wants to Hack His Way to the Presidency

Silicon Valley icon Lawrence Lessig knows his moonshot bid for the White House hinges on the innovation and support of the tech industry.

How Social Bias Creeps Into Web Technology
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How Social Bias Creeps Into Web Technology

Predictive and decision-making Web technologies are susceptible to the unconscious social biases of their designers and programmers, to a degree that can reflect...

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...

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.

Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform
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Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Researchers in Greece say they have designed the world's first encrypted electronic voting system in which voters can confirm their votes go to the intended candidate...

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
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China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms. 

Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider
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Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about...

Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance
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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball...

Data Miners Dig For Answers About Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and 'go Set a Watchman'
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Data Miners Dig For Answers About Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and 'go Set a Watchman'

Literature researchers used data science to investigate long-standing debates about the work of Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman...

Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age
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Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age

No company sounds more religious about Moore’s Law than Intel Corp., whose co-founder made a famous observation about the miniaturization of chip circuitry 50 years...

Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts
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Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts

Dreadlocked programmer has spooked the FBI by creating a tool that police cannot crack.

IBM Researchers Try to Measure Employee Well-Being Using Technology
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IBM Researchers Try to Measure Employee Well-Being Using Technology

Researchers at IBM and the Delft University of Technology are working to develop computer systems that could help foster well-being among employees. The project...

Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes
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Hospital Icus Mine Big Data in Push For Better Outcomes

Some hospitals are using a big-data approach to mine intensive-care unit data to help providers and patients realize improved outcomes. 

Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles
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Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number...

Girls Who Code From Around Globe
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Girls Who Code From Around Globe

Iridescent's Technovation World Pitch Challenge is an opportunity for pre-college girls with an interest in technology entrepreneurship to win $20,000 in seed funding...

When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?
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When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?

A tremendous number of personnel records—including some quite personal records—have likely been stolen by computer hackers.

Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age
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Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age

To get an idea of how the mobile Web is catapulting millions of people into the digital age by skipping landline connections, have a look at Vietnam.
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