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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...

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
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Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots.

For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious
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For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious

Developed and developing markets' spectrum policies are starting to accommodate TV white spaces. 

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.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
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How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club
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Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.

Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick
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Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus...

The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google
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The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google

Since agreeing to comply with the European Court of Justice’s decision that people have the right to be forgotten, Google has received about 50,000 requests for...

Can Google Design a Car Touchscreen That Isn't a Dangerous Distraction?
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Can Google Design a Car Touchscreen That Isn't a Dangerous Distraction?

Automakers are increasingly integrating touchscreens into vehicles—to the dismay of safe-driving advocates, who justifiably fear people are already too distracted...

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile
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Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.

The Trouble With IBM
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The Trouble With IBM

In the summer of 2012, five American technology companies bid on a project for a demanding new client: the CIA.

Samsung-Apple Smartphone Battleground Is Single Atom Thick
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Samsung-Apple Smartphone Battleground Is Single Atom Thick

The main battleground between Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. in the global smartphone market is moving from courtrooms to the laboratory, amid a race for...

Hackers Devise Wireless Methods For Stealing Atm Users' Pins
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Hackers Devise Wireless Methods For Stealing Atm Users' Pins

Pilfering the personal identification numbers of financial accounts, a potential jackpot for hackers, is tougher to pull off thanks to data encryption and other...

The U.s. Government Wants 6,000 New 'cyber Warriors' By 2016
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The U.s. Government Wants 6,000 New 'cyber Warriors' By 2016

The Pentagon plans to triple its cybersecurity staff by 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced recently.

Stodgy, Old Baseball Invents the Future of Instant Replay
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Stodgy, Old Baseball Invents the Future of Instant Replay

Major League Baseball is not inclined to tinker much with America's pastime, aside from the occasional tweak to the number of teams in the playoffs.

Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing Nsa Spying Case
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Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing Nsa Spying Case

Justice Antonin Scalia signaled during a law school talk on March 21 that the Supreme Court is very much aware that legal challenges to the National Security Agency's...

Cyberwar in ­kraine Falls Far Short of Russia's Full Powers
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Cyberwar in ­kraine Falls Far Short of Russia's Full Powers

The tense on-the-ground standoff in Ukraine has already tipped into open hostilities online, with hackers targeting members of parliament and state agencies.

Since It Can't Sue ­s All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos
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Since It Can't Sue ­s All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos

For the past decade or so, the best defense Getty Images could find against the right-click button on your mouse—home of the "copy" and "save" functions—has been...
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