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Google scientists find evidence of machine learning

A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects. Hint: It's all about the cats.

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Google's impossibly clever Alan Turing doodle

In a doodle celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan Turing tomorrow, Google creates a conundrum that the majority of humanity simply won't understand. This is a good thing.

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Alan Turing: Petition urges posthumous pardon

The pleading describes 1952 imprisonment of legendary computing pioneer as a black mark on UK history.

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A forerunner of today's computers, the Colossus, which became operational in January 1944, was the first practical electronic digital information processing machine in the world. Code breakers at England's famed Bletchley Park used the computer to help decipher intercepted German signal code messages during the second world war.
You can see a video of the Colossus in action by clicking <a href="http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/colosusfilm.rhtm">here.</a>

How Alan Turing ushered in modern computing (photos)

A look at the seminal thinker's legacy: the early age of modern computing.

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Breaking the Nazis' Enigma codes at Bletchley Park (photos)

Road Trip 2011: Many say World War II would have lasted two more years if master British code breakers, led by Alan Turing, and using information and devices from Polish mathematicians, hadn't solved the Germans' secret cyphers.

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This is one of just a few surviving photographs of the original Colossus. Based on this and the few others, vintage computer experts and World War II historians have been able to recreate the Colossus machine that helped break the Enigma codes and win the war.

At Bletchley Park, breaking Enigma codes and winning WW II

Road Trip 2011: Code breakers led by Alan Turing were able to beat the Germans at their cipher games, and in the process shorten the war by as much as two years. At Bletchley Park, all the work took place in secret, where it stayed for decades.

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The only thing that could make this cooler is if it was made out of Legos.

DIY Weekend: The scrap metal Turing machine

It might be useless and kind of harsh looking, but this all-mechanical Turing machine is a great exercise in geekdom.

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Ep. 1416: Think before you Like

Facebook now shares the stories you "like" on third-party sites with your News Feed. It's actually kind of cool, but please: use this feature responsibly, won't you? Also, Gmail goes down and we're all rushing to back up, I call "Unicorn" on rumors of a white iPad 2, and the Tolkien estate takes the Culture of Ownership to a whole other level. --Molly

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Rare Apple computer sells for $210,700

Auction of Apple-1 included an autographed letter from Steve Jobs to the computer's original owner.

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The Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming.

The man behind the essential geek travel guide

45 Minutes on IM John Graham-Cumming wrote what has become one of the only travel books geeks need. With CNET Road Trip 2010 starting Thursday, I wanted to get his sense of the geek world.

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