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Nypd Planning to Use Facial-Recognition Technology to Match Mug Shots to Suspect Videos
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Nypd Planning to Use Facial-Recognition Technology to Match Mug Shots to Suspect Videos

The NYPD is about to start using digital technology to match video images of people at crime scenes to mug shots on file, police sources said.

Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt
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Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt

More than a week after his mysterious disappearance in Egypt, Google executive and political activist Wael Ghonim will be released from government detention on...

Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement
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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement

The world needs cyber war "Rules of Engagement" to cope with potentially devastating cyber weapons, Russian and US experts will tell world leaders at a security...

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Fifa to Test 10 Goal-Line Technology Systems

The FIFA rule-making panel will study the results from 10 different goal-line technology systems being tested to help referees make decisions.

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Google, Twitter Help Give Voice to Egyptians

Google has launched the latest salvo in an effort to overcome internet blackouts in Egypt during anti-government protests there.

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Wary of Egypt ­nrest, China Censors Web

In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.

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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-one men and women are inducted as 2010 ACM Fellows.

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
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Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
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Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled
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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication....

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches
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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

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The End of Credit Cards Is Coming

Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember them?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins.

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Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes ofreported...

Tv Broadcasters Resist FCC Proposal to Surrender More Airwaves
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Tv Broadcasters Resist FCC Proposal to Surrender More Airwaves

Many broadcasters are already worried about declining viewers, and now they say the government wants to take away something more: the airwaves themselves.

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International Cybersecurity Treaty Might Not Be Achievable, Report Says

An international pact to establish cybersecurity regulations may be unworkable, according to an EastWest Institute report. "Many states are not ready for [a global...

How High-Frequency Trading Is Changing Wall Street
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How High-Frequency Trading Is Changing Wall Street

On May 6, 2010, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped hundreds of points in a matter of minutes—and then recovered moments later.

Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill
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Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill

The U.S. Senate judiciary committee will renew its effort to pass the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act this spring, which would give the government...
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