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Sign Says What? Park at Your Peril

Writing is a craft whose basic purpose is to transmit meaning, but there are certain writers who seem to have different goals in mind: patent lawyers, many poets...

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How ­.s. Lost Out on Iphone Work

When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.

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New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information...

The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?
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The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?

"Gorgeous," raves The Huffington Post. "Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry," gushes Slate. "Far superior to most if not all the Android...

Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort
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Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United...

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing
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Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.

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Turn On the Server. It

To satisfy our ever-growing need for computing power, many technology companies have moved their work to data centers with tens of thousands of power-gobbling...

Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap
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Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap

Russian space engineers scrambled Wednesday to salvage an ambitious science mission to Mars after the unmanned spacecraft became stranded in Earth orbit. If they...

It Started Digital Wheels Turning
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It Started Digital Wheels Turning

Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer—but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor...

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Google Changes Search Algorithm, Trying to Make Results More Timely

Many Google search results will be more timely after Google made a significant change to its search algorithm last week that it said would affect about 35% of...

Catching a Wave, and Measuring It
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Catching a Wave, and Measuring It

James Gosling wants to network the world’s oceans.

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H.p. Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday a new design for some of the world's largest computer centers and says it could reduce power consumption in some cases by...

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In Surprise, China ­nveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips

China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States...

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In Supercomputing, a Turn to Energy-Saving Graphics Chips

In computing, as in so many fields, the best path to progress is often not a straight line.

Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition
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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first...

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Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips ­se Outsize Power

A research team recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture that highlights the problem of developing smaller, more densely...

Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
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Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78

Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches...

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
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­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments...

Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
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Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight

University of California, San Diego researchers recently completed a study aimed at finding a choke point that could reduce the flow of spam emails. 
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