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Cyberwar Chief Calls For Secure Computer Network
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Cyberwar Chief Calls For Secure Computer Network

Gen. Keith B. Alexander,  commander of the U.S. military's cyberwarfare operations, is advocating the creation of a separate, secure computer network to protect...

Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars
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Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars

For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony. After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant...

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Code That Tracks ­sers' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits

Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online. Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased...

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Gadget for N.F.L. Stadiums Vies for Fans' Inattention

For football spectators, a device called FanVision might be nirvana—or it might turn them into stadium versions of zombies who stumble down streets staring mesmerized...

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders...

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Google

Lately, stories about Google often seem to be stories about conflict—Google knocking heads with China or the Justice Department or Facebook. For Eric E. Schmidt...

A Professor
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A Professor

At this time of year, students are buying textbooks and looking for ways to avoid reading them.

3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
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3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

Businesses in the South Park district of San Francisco generally sell either Web technology or sandwiches and burritos. Bespoke Innovations plans to sell designer...

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Fcc Likely to Open Airwaves to Wireless

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve the use of "white spaces"—unlicensed, TV-band airwaves that could lead to stronger, faster wireless...

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Researchers in Asian Countries Raise Their Scientific Profiles Worldwide

While researchers at universities and institutes in many Western countries fret about budget pressures, scientists in many Asian nations are translating huge...

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Google Speeds Queries With 'instant' Results

Those who find Google’s search engine to be impossibly slow will welcome Google Instant, an upgrade to the company’s search results that it unveiled Wednesday.

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Once a Dynamo, the Tech Sector Is Slow to Hire

For years the technology sector has been considered the most dynamic, promising and globally envied industry in the United States. It escaped the recession relatively...

A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security
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A Strong Password Isn't the Strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it—never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few...

Some Newspapers, Tracking Readers Online, Shift Coverage
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Some Newspapers, Tracking Readers Online, Shift Coverage

In most businesses, not knowing how well a particular product is performing would be almost unthinkable. But newspapers have always been a peculiar business,...

FCC Seeks More Input on Wireless Internet Rules
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FCC Seeks More Input on Wireless Internet Rules

The FCC recently asked for more feedback regarding whether regulations should apply to wireless Internet service, adding months of debate on the subject. The FCC...

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To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable

Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong. On screens everywhere—cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.’s—as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch...

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Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization...

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites
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Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. Then the shoes...

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located
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Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Internet companies have appropriated the real estate business’s mantra—it’s all about location, location, location. But while a home on the beach will always be...
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