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Corporations have a big advantage when it comes to ‘big data’

Computers are spewing forth data at astronomical rates about everything from astrophysics to internet shopping. And it could be hugely valuable, writes John Naughton One of the most famous quotes in the history of the computing industry is the assertion that “640KB ought to be enough for anybody“, allegedly made…

The top 50 Android phone apps

There is far more to smartphone life than Apple’s iPhone. Google launched its Android software in 2008 and has since sold more than 300m of its smartphones; currently, more than 850,000 are added to that number every day. More than 450,000 apps are available on Google Play, which is generating…

New app allows users to compare drug habits

Global Drugs Survey project offers personalized information that reflects people’s risk factors to help them avoid harm Is the amount of drugs or alcohol you consume dangerous? How much are your peers taking? Should you be cutting down? Are you more at risk than anyone else when it comes to…

Google hires Digg’s Kevin Rose

Google confirmed Friday that it has hired Digg co-founder Kevin Rose and other members of the team at his latest project, Milk, an incubator for startups making “apps” for mobile gadgets. The 35-year-old serial entrepreneur considered a Silicon Valley star will evidently be putting his skills to work on the…

Smithsonian celebrates ‘The Art of Video Games’

Video games have come a long way since the first simple adventures of Mario and Pac-Man and now enter the realm of art in a major exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington that celebrates gaming’s rich creative side and the people behind a medium that’s still in…

Father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl wins award for artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON — Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 A.M. Turing Award. Pearl, 75, was being honored for “innovations that enabled remarkable advances in the partnership between humans and machines,” the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) said. The award, named for…

‘Total Information Awareness’ surveillance program returns, bigger than ever

A new feature story in this month’s Wired blows the lid off plans for a massive new National Security Agency data center in Utah that represents the resurrection of a program that Congress killed in 2003, known as “Total Information Awareness,” targeting literally all electronic communications all over the world —…

Alleged British hacker accused of LulzSec attack on CIA website

Josh Halliday, guardian.co.uk An alleged computer hacker has appeared in court accused of conspiring with three British teenagers to bring down the websites of the CIA and Serious Organised Crime Agency. Ryan Ackroyd, 25, appeared at Westminster Magistrates court in London on Friday charged with computer hacking offences for the…

Hacker hit with marijuana felony en route to SXSW

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The first hacker to break through the security of Apple’s iPhone and Sony’s PlayStation 3 was arrested earlier this month while en route to Austin for an anticipated talk at this year’s South by Southwest conference, police in a remote west Texas county have confirmed to Raw…

BBC to launch iTunes-style paid content strategy

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk Corporation’s director of content Roly Keating says audience research confirms iTunes-style purchase scheme would be welcomed. Viewers are “very comfortable” with the BBC’s plans to launch an iTunes-style download service which would open up thousands of hours of never-before repeated content, according to a senior corporation executive.…

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