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Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'
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Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'

Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers' knowledge.

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
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What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

The Other Academic Freedom Movement
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The Other Academic Freedom Movement

In the summer of 1991, Paul Ginsparg, a researcher at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, set up an email system for about 200 string theorists to exchange papers...

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The Age of Big Data

Good with numbers? Fascinated by data? The sound you hear is opportunity knocking.

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion
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Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion

For most of the U.S. military's far-flung community of scientists and engineers, Monday was a day to pop a Xanax.

Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment
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Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment

In December, MIT announced the launch of an online learning initiative called "MITx." Starting this week, interested learners can now enroll for free in the initiative’s...

Kenya Ict Board and CMU Launch International Software Standard
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Kenya Ict Board and CMU Launch International Software Standard

Researchers at the Kenya ICT Board and Carnegie Mellon University launched Chipuka, a certification program for Kenya's software developers in the country that...

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Google's Very First Employee, Craig Silverstein

Google's very first employee, Craig Silverstein, is leaving the company to join the high-profile online learning phenom, Khan Academy.

Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll

After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eolas Technologies—named after the Irish word for knowledge—may...

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'cyberspace Requires a World-Class Cyber Warrior'

With growing worries about the threat of "cyber warfare," militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central...

In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens
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In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens

Workers in the digital era can feel at times as if they are playing a video game, battling the barrage of emails and instant messages, juggling documents, Web sites...

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Jobs FBI File Notes Drug Use, Tendency to 'Distort Reality'

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a decades-old file it kept on Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs that noted his past drug use and cites interviews with...

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Poll: Most Back Obama's Use of Drones

As the 2012 election approaches, there’s one area where President Barack Obama can feel confident he has broad voter support—his military policies and use of drones...

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Web Traffic Dips 20% During Super Bowl, Yet 2.1 Million Watch Online

Fun with numbers: For the first time ever, the Super Bowl was legally streamed online here in the U.S. and, according to NBC, over 2.1 million people fired up their...

Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems
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Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems

After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."

The Future of Hiring: Human Resources, Without the Humans
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The Future of Hiring: Human Resources, Without the Humans

Imagine a scenario where your next job interview isn't face-to-face, but face-to-screen. There are no questions about your former work experience and office habits...

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit
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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.

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Wolfram, a Search Engine, Finds Answers Within Itself

Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, tends to go his own way—often with noteworthy results.

Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion
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Designing Windows 8, or How to Redesign a Religion

There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken...

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Symantec Warns of Android Trojans that Mutate with Every Download

Researchers from security vendor Symantec have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan horse that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order...
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