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Under the hood: How Facebook built Trending topics with natural language processing

Today, Facebook launched Trending, a new feature that shows you relevant-to-you topics that are spiking in popularity.<p>It’s like Twitter’s trending topics feature, except that every person on the network sees a different list of topics based on their own personal interests, Likes, friends, location, …

Groupon Goes After Square Register With New Gnome Point-Of-Sale Hardware

Groupon is expanding its footprint beyond daily deals yet again this morning, with an announcement of an iPad-based point-of-sale solution called Gnome. The platform includes an “all-in-one” cash register that can accept traditional payments as well as Groupon vouchers, integrated customer …

Kotoba Miners uses Minecraft to teach Japanese

I’ve seen Minecraft used for all sorts of different purposes. Recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones. Taking a tour through Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters. Teaching Japanese? That’s a new one.<p>James York is an English teacher at a Japanese university, as well as a PhD student researching …

Spansion's dual-core processors will become your car's brains

Spansion is launching a family of ARM-based chips that will serve as the brains of smarter cars.<p>The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker is unveiling its Spansion Traveo microcontrollers today for automotive applications. The dual-core chips are based on the ARM Cortex-R5 core and will deliver high …