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As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics
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As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Scholars are exhilarated by the prospect of tapping into the vast troves of personal data collected by Facebook, Google, Amazon, and a host of start-ups, which...

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
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Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete For 'internet of Things' Standard
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Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete For 'internet of Things' Standard

If the stakes are big enough, companies will compete even for something that is supposed to be free to all comers.

New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable
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New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance...

Larry Page on Google's Many Arms
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Larry Page on Google's Many Arms

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.

Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna
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Searching For Answers in Very Old Dna

As he puts it in the subtitle of his memoir, "Neanderthal Man," Svante Paabo goes in search of lost genomes.

Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones
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Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesdayunanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones...

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough
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Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough

Modern computers are not unlike the looms of the industrial revolution: They follow programmed instructions to weave intricate patterns.

­nblinking Eyes Track Employees
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­nblinking Eyes Track Employees

A digital Big Brother is coming to work, for better or worse.

Computing Crime and Punishment
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Computing Crime and Punishment

Scientists and historians have performed a computational analysis of historical court records in London. 

Intelligence Too Big For a Single Machine
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Intelligence Too Big For a Single Machine

Ever since the computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence in 1955, the field has gone through cycles of boundless optimism and sobering...

Cyberattack Insurance a Challenge For Business
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Cyberattack Insurance a Challenge For Business

Julia Roberts's smile is insured. So are Heidi Klum’s legs, Daniel Craig's body and Jennifer Lopez's derrière.

Google's Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel
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Google's Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel

Humans might be the one problem Google can't solve.

For U.s. Companies That Challenge China, the Risk of Digital Reprisal
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For U.s. Companies That Challenge China, the Risk of Digital Reprisal

Two large American steel makers, U.S. Steel and Allegheny Technologies, each lost confidential files giving access to their computer networks.

After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Link Removal Tool
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After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Link Removal Tool

Google will announce by the end of the month a mechanism for consumers to request that links to information about them be removed from the company’s search engine...

­p Close on Baseball's Borders
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­p Close on Baseball's Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line.

Mit's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation
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Mit's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology computational social scientist Alex Pentland's research has lately focused on social physics. 

Ticket Pricing Puts 'lion King' Atop Broadway's Circle of Life
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Ticket Pricing Puts 'lion King' Atop Broadway's Circle of Life

How did "The Lion King" turn around its once-shaky fortunes and become the top-grossing show on Broadway in 2013, an unprecedented feat for long-running musicals...

A Makeover For Maps
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A Makeover For Maps

Graphic designers are experimenting with new ways of presenting data, to better display the information people download over a range of devices. 

As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All
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As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All

SlamTracker software sifts through 20 years of data to predict how tennis players could perform under various circumstances. 
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