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Mentorship Key For Women in It, Says Collaborate Panel

A recent panel discussion at the Collaborate 11 Oracle user conference concluded that mentors and sponsors are crucial to helping women advance their careers in...

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Robots on the Farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are...

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Testing Google's Panda Algorithm: Cnet Analysis

Google's sweeping changes to Web site rankings have roiled the Web industry, including the company's announcement last week that its algorithms now incorporate...

The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p
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The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p

The big spenders on technology are businesses and government agencies. They buy about 75% of the computing goods and services sold worldwide. Yet it is increasingly...

Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow
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Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow

This year, magazine publisher Hearst Corp. intends to add five software engineers to its mobile development staff. Social-networking company Ning Inc. plans to...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police
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Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police

When Luis Zeledon was captured by detectives, it was probably safe to say that he had not intended to be found. He was hiding in someone else’s apartment in Queens...

Intel, on the Outside, Takes Aim at Smartphones
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Intel, on the Outside, Takes Aim at Smartphones

With an "Intel Inside" sticker affixed to their PCs, computer buyers in the 1990s could hardly avoid knowing whose microchip was making their machines work. The...

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How Much Information?

In 2008, the world's servers processed 9.57 zettabytes of information, almost 10 to the 22nd power, or ten million million gigabytes. This was 12 gigabytes of...

Who Is Epsilon and Why Does It Have My Data?
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Who Is Epsilon and Why Does It Have My Data?

If you didn't get an email warning this week that your name and email address were part of a database that was breached, consider yourself lucky, and unique.

More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality
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More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality

Jack London was the subject in Daterrius Hamilton’s online English 3 course. In a high school classroom packed with computers, he read a brief biography of London...

How the University of Utah Turns Academic Research Into Successful Startups
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How the University of Utah Turns Academic Research Into Successful Startups

The University of Utah ranks first in the U.S. in terms of creating startups based upon campus research. Here are four reasons for its great success.

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Google Goes Shopping For Patents

Google has made a $900m bid for the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker. The patents could help arm it against...

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...

In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island
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In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

The Web is poised for a comeback. How’s that? Isn’t the Web already the crucial utility of online commerce, information and entertainment? In many ways, it certainly...

China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years
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China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years

China is on course to overtake the U.S. in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013—far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by...

Swiping Is the Easy Part
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Swiping Is the Easy Part

The cellphone has been more than a cellphone for years, but soon it could take on an entirely new role—standing in for all of the credit and debit cards crammed...

2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company
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2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company

While changes in the ancient market-share rivalry between chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices were unremarkable in 2010, the emergence of Apple as a force...

How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind
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How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind

Few Westerners have ever seen the forging of a Japanese samurai sword. It's considered a sacred practice in Japan; one of the few traditional arts that has yet...

Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online
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Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online

The security of critical infrastructure is in the spotlight again this week after a researcher released attack code that can exploit several vulnerabilities found...
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