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Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds
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Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds

The motley group included men and women, old and young, in sweatshirts and three-piece suits, shod in socks and sandals, wingtips and heels.

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media
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Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: "Fold up...

Can an Algorithm Tell US Who Influenced an Artist?
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Can an Algorithm Tell US Who Influenced an Artist?

Rutgers University researchers are training a computer to analyze thousands of paintings to understand which artists influenced others. 

Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'
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Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies"—markers...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer
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What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity  is using machine intelligence to predict what emerging technologies will become popular in the future...

So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?
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So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?

A decade ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University grad students tried to hack one of the first commercially popular Near Field Communication payment systems—the...

For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe
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For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they...

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone
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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.

When a Computer Ages You
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When a Computer Ages You

Researchers are hoping to harness facial-recognition and age-progression technology to estimate people's life spans and future health based on a photograph. 

Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies
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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies

If you thought Elon Musk was the only person coming up with innovative ideas for the exploration of outer space, you'd be wrong.

Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans
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Brokers ­se 'billions' of Data Points to Profile Americans

Are you a financially strapped working mother who smokes?

Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries
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Why the Death of Net Neutrality Would Be a Disaster For Libraries

The Internet's eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to...

Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election
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Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election

Google long ago went from being a mere directory of the Internet to a shaper of online reality, helping determine what we see and how.

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security
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The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Does Bitcoin risk endangering the nation's safety? The Pentagon thinks it might.

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
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Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

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CIA Recipe For Invisible Ink Among Newly Released Wwi-Era Documents

So you want to open sealed envelopes without getting caught? Here’s the secret, according to one of the six oldest classified documents in possession of the Central...

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

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Computers Guide Traffic Lights to Reduce Congestion For Commuters, Other Drivers

There probably are just two times when you think about a traffic light. When one just turned yellow. ("Can I make it?") When one has been red for too long. ("Come...
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