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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
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Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?

Not Ok, Glass
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Not Ok, Glass

PlaceAvoider is software that uses computer-vision techniques to identify potentially confidential or embarrassing pictures taken with new devices such as Google...

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
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How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.

How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone
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How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

Location is a key indicator of personal travel patterns and habits.

Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players
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Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players

Eight former pro football players learned this year that they have signs of a degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition...

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance
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Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance

The recent leaks of U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs could inspire authoritarian governments in developing economies to boost NSA-style...

Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers
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Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers

You've just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes.

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)
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Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)

Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
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Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and...

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
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The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'
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Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'

Computer hardware into which secret backdoors have been inserted by the U.S. National Security Agency and its adversaries is a tremendous security problem. 

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem
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Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem

Last week, I visited the MIT computer science department looking for a very famous cryptographer.

Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities
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Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities

An analysis of the public log of Bitcoin digital currency transactions could enable law enforcement to pinpoint user identities. 

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
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'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course

University of Texas researchers recently tricked the navigation system of an $80 million yacht and sent the ship off course in an experiment that showed how any...

More Connected Homes, More Problems
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More Connected Homes, More Problems

As a growing number of Internet-connected home appliances hit the market, David Bryan and Daniel Crowley worry that digital ne'er-do-wells will get new ways to...

The Immortal Life of the Enron E-Mails
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The Immortal Life of the Enron E-Mails

Former Enron executive Vincent Kaminski is a modest, semi-retired business school professor from Houston who recently wrote a 960-page book explaining the fundamentals...

Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative
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Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative

In a small, dark, room off a long hallway within a sprawling complex of buildings in Silicon Valley, an array of massive flat-panel displays and video cameras track ...

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses
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Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses

For those who find Google Glass indiscreet, electronic contact lenses that outfit the user’s cornea with a display may one day provide an alternative.
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