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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Google Patents Mapreduce

Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331, applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan
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China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan

Researchers at the Chinese Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) have built a supercomputer using only home-grown microprocessors. The supercomputer, known as...

Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid
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Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid

An EU-funded programme that lets European and Chinese computing grids work together has already produced results in aircraft design, drug development and weather...

Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created
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Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created

A team of international researchers is developing a new way of building computing machinery inspired by chemical processes in living systems. The project, led...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

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Feds Hand Out $47 Million in Grants For Green Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $47 million in federal stimulus money to 14 private projects aimed at making data centers more energy efficient....

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White House Calls for IT Boost to Fight Terrorism

A new White House report says the U.S. government needs better information technology (IT) to counter potential terrorist attacks, such as the recent attempt to...

Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?
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Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have proposed using Jaguar, a recently upgraded Cray XT5-based supercomputer, to help with U.S. government health care...

$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab
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$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab

The University of Maryland has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to build an advanced quantum science...

At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers
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At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers

Argonne National Laboratory is phasing out its use of radioactive materials in favor of supercomputers for the purpose of conducting research. "The past was the...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

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Jobs Report: Tech Hiring Grew In December

U.S. employers added approximately 5,200 tech jobs last month even as the broader economy shed 85,000 positions from November to December, according to data released...

Ballmer ­ses Ces Keynote to Tout Windows 7
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Ballmer ­ses Ces Keynote to Tout Windows 7

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a speech largely about how the information technology industry had stayed...

Google Applies to Become Power Marketer
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Google Applies to Become Power Marketer

Google is stepping up its forays into the energy world. The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data...

Cerf ­rges Standards for Cloud Computing
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Cerf ­rges Standards for Cloud Computing

Vint Cerf, a co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols, ACM Fellow and A.M. Turing Award winner, and considered a father of the Internet itself, emphasized...
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