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What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?
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What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

When Daniel Rigmaiden was a little boy, his grandfather, a veteran of World War II and Korea, used to drive him along the roads of Monterey, California, playing...

How to Get Online in Cuba
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How to Get Online in Cuba

Every afternoon, crowds of Cubans gather outside Havana's top hotels—mob boss Meyer Lansky's favorite Nacional de Cuba, Ernest Hemingway's old haunt Ambos Mundos...

Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door
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Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and the director of the National Security Agency squared off on Monday in a debate over how much access technology companies...

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers
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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.

How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?
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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?


Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
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Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
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Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable
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Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

The giants of the Web have been pressing developers of mobile apps to index their content so it can be parsed by search engines or linked to from other sites.

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.

How the ­.s. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin
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How the ­.s. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin

For the U.S., the extradition of Ercan Findikoglu shows the value of patience when it comes to pursuing suspected hacker kingpins.

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show
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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show


The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
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Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records
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The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records

Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever...

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach
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How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy
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The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy

On Sept. 1, the website Rescator.cc alerted customers to a big new batch of product about to hit its digital shelves. "Load your accounts and prepare for an avalanche...

The Cookies You Can't Crumble
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The Cookies You Can't Crumble

If you've used the Internet for longer than the iPhone has been around, you're probably familiar with cookies, those little packets of personal data that help load...

Ibm, At&t Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster
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Ibm, At&t Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

Prototype technology can quickly move large amounts of critical data and software to another location in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. 

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them
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As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
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