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Study Finds Strong Negative Reaction to Paying For Online Services

An annual study of the impact of the Internet on Americans by the Center for the Digital Future found that 49 percent of Internet users said they have used free...

Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing
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Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates...

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India ­nveils Prototype of $35 Tablet Computer

It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India on Thursday (July 22) unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which...

Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends
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Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends

Each time you make a cellphone call, your network provider knows whom you're calling, for how long, and what device you're using. Now researchers at one of the...

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Facebook Milestone: 500 Million Members; On to 1 Billion?

Facebook on Wednesday announced a remarkable milestone: 500 million active monthly users. And the velocity of its growth raises a mind-boggling possibility: Could...

The Web Means the End of Forgetting
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The Web Means the End of Forgetting

Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that...

Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data
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Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data

In the year since the fatal, still-unexplained crash of a French airliner over the mid-Atlantic, interest has intensified in technologies to enhance the tracking...

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Where Will All This Oil Be in August?

As government officials continue to nervously monitor the cap on the Deepwater Horizon well, there are still millions of barrels of oil oozing around in the Gulf...

Twitter Mood Maps Reveal Emotional States of America
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Twitter Mood Maps Reveal Emotional States of America

America, are you happy? The emotional words contained in hundreds of millions of messages posted to the Twitter website may hold the answer.

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Working to Make Combat Soldiers' Lives Easier

In combat, things can be so chaotic and loud that soldiers sometimes aren't even aware they're being shot at.

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New Cybersecurity Degree Program Designed to Fill Workforce Needs

The University of Maryland University College is reporting robust response to a first-of-its kind cybersecurity degree program scheduled to commence this fall.

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Official: Google's China Changes in Line with Law

China renewed Google's Internet license after it pledged to obey censorship laws and stop automatically switching mainland users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site...

A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe
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A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe

If you want to see what outer space looks like, there may be no better way to do so than to have Carter Emmart take you on a ride there.

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Google Search: Political Power

Google’s aggressive tactics have put it on top of the business world, and now the Internet giant is looking to leverage the high profile and sterling connections...

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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive...

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Google May Know Your Desires Before You Do

Google attempts to return relevant search results in the blink of an eye. But in future it could go one better, delivering search results to its users even before...

European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand
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European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand

European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste...

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Some Experts Question Efforts to Identify Cyberattackers

Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new...

Safety in Numbers
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Safety in Numbers

Mathematicians and computer scientists are working on equations and algorithms that exhibit potential as terrorism countermeasures. These include powerful algorithms...

OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures
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OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures

The OSIRIS project is developing an international strategy for open and sustainable ICT research infrastructures. 
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