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Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard
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Gps Hijacking Catches Feds, Drone Makers Off Guard

On June 19, when University of Texas researchers successfully hijacked a drone by "spoofing" it— giving it bad GPS coordinates–they showed the Department of Homeland...

Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling
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Newest U.s. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling

In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.

Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel
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Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel

Who knew that when the Messiah arrived to herald the Day of Judgment he'd first root through computers to steal documents and record conversations?

Drone Hijacking? That
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Drone Hijacking? That

On the evening of June 19, a group of researchers from the University of Texas successfully hijacked a civilian drone at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico...

New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent
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New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent

Silicon Valley is one of four areas that will soon have a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the challenge will be how to attract and retain qualified...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
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­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...

With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error
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With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error

Saturday's high-profile match between England and Belgium is the biggest test yet for a system that may finally put an end to flubbed goal-line calls, a technological...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers
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Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers


High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge
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High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether to halt a legal challenge to a once-secret warrantless surveillance program targeting Americans' communications...

Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards
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Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards

Two weeks ago, a patent filing by General Motors was uncovered that proposed using data collected from its OnStar service to tailor public advertisements to individual...

Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy
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Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy

A federal appeals court last Friday upheld the National Security Agency's decision to withhold from the public documents confirming or denying any relationship...

Nhtsa Testing V2v Communication Systems, Considering Requiring Technology on New Cars
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Nhtsa Testing V2v Communication Systems, Considering Requiring Technology on New Cars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration wants to ramp up the development and deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, and the federal...

Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking
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Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking

In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and...

Check Your Mac For Malware
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Check Your Mac For Malware

Mac fans recently got a little taste of what it's like to be a Windows user.

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011...

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.
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