Sharon GaudinSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet, social media, cloud computing and emerging technologies for Computerworld.

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Japanese robot crushes rivals at DARPA competition

Robots from universities and industry compete to replicate human tasks.

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Google cheers contestants at Robotics Challenge

Now the owner of Boston Dynamics, Google rolls in to watch events at the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

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Robots compete to mimic common human tasks

An upcoming DARPA robot challenge is focused on developing robots to use tools, climb stairs, and drive cars.

Talking robot to blast into space for experiment in human/robot conversation

A small, humanoid robot will fly to the International Space Station this summer to take part in the first experiment on conversation in space between a human and a robot.

Underwater spy robot created by Virginia Tech researchers

The research is backed by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research, which are looking for self-powering, autonomous robots to do underwater surveillance or to monitor the environment.

Internet back up in Syria after 20-hour outage

Syria suffered another Internet and mobile communications outage that lasted for about 20 hours. Service was restored earlier today.

Kill switch thrown on Internet in Syria

Internet and mobile communications were shut down on Thursday morning in war-torn Syria.

Google cleans up search page, eyes mobile users

Google wants to optimize its search pages for its growing base of mobile users, and it's a pretty subtle shift.

Twitter tracks lively VP debate

While the vice presidential debate Thursday night heated up Twitter, it didn't rock the microblogging site like last week's presidential debate did.

NASA: Discovery Astronauts Use Robotic Arm to Check Shuttle

Astronauts aboard the shuttle Discovery are using the vehicle's robotic arm today to inspect for damage to its exterior during Thursday's launch into orbit...