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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite
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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO...

Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents
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Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents

To be a good coder in Silicon Valley is to be among the pampered elite.

Cyberattacks Abound Yet Companies Tell Sec Losses Are Few
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Cyberattacks Abound Yet Companies Tell Sec Losses Are Few

The 27 largest U.S. companies reporting cyber attacks say they sustained no major financial losses, exposing a disconnect with federal officials who say billions...

Paul Mockapetris, Inventor of the Domain Name System, Wants to Filter the Web
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Paul Mockapetris, Inventor of the Domain Name System, Wants to Filter the Web

Before the Internet, there was the ARPANet, a closed computer network that pretty much shut down on weekends and over holidays.

Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly...

Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data
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Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data

The Central Intelligence Agency has published for the first time "Some Far-Out Thoughts on Computers," a 1962 internal document that shows how eager the agency...

Israel Ramps ­p Its Cyberdefense Training
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Israel Ramps ­p Its Cyberdefense Training

Twice a week about 200 Israeli high school students in seven separate locations meet after school for six hours of extra classes.

Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It
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Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It

Jeffrey Knockel is an unlikely candidate to expose the inner workings of Skype's role in China’s online surveillance apparatus.

Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers
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Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers

Google Inc. sees self-driving cars being available to consumers in three to five years. Regulators and the insurance industry aren't so sure it can happen that...

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars
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Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars

In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with...

Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell
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Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell

Reading the news that Atari’s U.S. subsidiary is filing for bankruptcy was a little like hearing that Bob Hope died—in that you were surprised to discover he had...

Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?
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Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has not had a charmed birth. While some of its problems—a windshield crack, minor fuel leaks—can easily be dealt with, the issues that have...

Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not
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Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not

Chinese Internet cops are at it again.

The Hackers of Damascus
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The Hackers of Damascus

Taymour Karim didn't crack under interrogation.

Apple's Samsung Win Slams Asian Phone Makers
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Apple's Samsung Win Slams Asian Phone Makers

Samsung wasn't the only Asian smartphone maker to suffer through a Black Monday.

Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport
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Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport

It sounds like an air traveler's nightmare: a sophisticated software attack that allows hackers to access internal airport computer systems and manipulate data...

Apple Warms Up to Hackers, Plans Presentation at Black Hat
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Apple Warms Up to Hackers, Plans Presentation at Black Hat

In the 15 years that computer hackers have gathered in Las Vegas for the Black Hat conference, an event where unknowns can become stars and tech heavyweights are...

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?
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Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational...

In Silicon Valley, Hardware Is Hot Again
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In Silicon Valley, Hardware Is Hot Again

Since the mid-1990s Liam Casey, PCH International's chief executive officer, has helped technology companies with the nastiest task in Silicon Valley: building...

H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B
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H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B

For Silicon Valley, a day of ritual disappointment came on June 12: The U.S. announced that the slots for 2013 H-1B visas had all been filled.
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