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It Will Soon Be Too Late to Stop the Cyberwars

Clearly defining cyberwar is problematic because there are various levels of cyberespionage and tactics that create uncertainty, writes Bruce Schneier.

Cerf Warns Over Address Space Squeeze
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Cerf Warns Over Address Space Squeeze

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf is raising the alarm about the effect the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses will have on the Internet. Once IPv4...

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Hackers Turn Attention to Corporate Data Theft

Financial services and professional services are the most vulnerable to information theft, with four out of 10 companies reporting some sort of loss or attack...

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Google to Map Inflation Using Web Data

Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the "Google Price Index"—a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative...

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Chinese and Saudis Lead Way in Internet Use

People in China and the Middle East are the busiest and most enthusiastic internet users, a study of the world’s online habits has revealed.

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Powerful Argument for Cutting IT Energy Consumption

Although technology is growing more and more energy efficient, more innovation is needed to offset the growing use of computers in countries such as India and China...

Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos
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Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos

Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director,...

Sinister Take on Search Engine Optimization
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Sinister Take on Search Engine Optimization

Cybercriminals are increasingly using SEO to trick computer users into visiting malicious websites, according to security researchers. In one tactic, cybercriminals...

Fears Over Dearth of Engineers in Europe
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Fears Over Dearth of Engineers in Europe

The European Roundtable of Industrialists says that Europe needs to take action to encourage people to become engineers or risk losing out to India and China. 

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Google Ditches Windows on Security Concerns

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus
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Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus

University of Reading scientist Mark Gasson has deliberately infected himself with a computer virus in order to study the potential risks of implanting electronic...

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U.s. Plan to Make Hacking Harder Revealed

The Obama administration has declassified part of its plan to improve the security of cyberspace in an attempt to cultivate greater collaboration between government...

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China Set For Global Lead in Scientific Research

China has demonstrated the most growth in scientific research of any country in the past three decades and is on pace to overtake the United States as the world's...

India: A Nation Develops
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India: A Nation Develops

India is making the transition from a global outsourcing center to a global innovation nexus, but lingering challenges include persistent infrastructure difficulties...

Technology Shows What's on a Customer's Mind
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Technology Shows What's on a Customer's Mind

Foviance founder Catriona Campbell, an expert on human-computer interaction, provides clients with research studies that measure Internet users' subconscious, emotional...

Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits
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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits

Much attention has been given to the approaching scientific limit to chip miniaturization and the continuation of Moore's Law, but an economic limit is nearingView...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Secret War on Web Crooks Revealed

Three times a year, leaders from the world's major technology and communications companies meet to discuss strategies for preventing the Internet from becoming...

No Catch: Robot Fish to Hunt Pollution
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No Catch: Robot Fish to Hunt Pollution

Researchers at Britain's University of Essex and the BMT Group have developed robotic fish that will be released into the port of Gijon in northern Spain to monitor...

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It Built Into Your Jewelery

Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology...
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