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New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies
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New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to...

Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'Anonymized' Data
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Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'Anonymized' Data

Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal...

Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So
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Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to enable groups of drones to operate collaboratively under the supervision of a single human commander...

China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet
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China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet

Chinese officials this week acted to block the functioning of several virtual private networks its citizens use to circumvent China's online censorship apparatus...

Business Secretary Cable Announces Partners in the Alan Turing Institute
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Business Secretary Cable Announces Partners in the Alan Turing Institute

The U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has selected five universities to lead the Alan Turing Institute. 

Qubits With Staying Power
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Qubits With Staying Power

Researchers say they have developed a new technique that could enable the indefinite extension of quantum-secured communication links. 

CSI Computer Science: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
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CSI Computer Science: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Researchers have developed a code stylometry using natural language processing and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style...

Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
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Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows

Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures...

Portable Mind-Reader Gives Voice to Locked-In People
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Portable Mind-Reader Gives Voice to Locked-In People

You wake up in hospital unable to move, to speak, to twitch so much as an eyelid.

The Technology that Unmasks Your Hidden Emotion
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The Technology that Unmasks Your Hidden Emotion

Paul Ekman, perhaps the world's most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster.

Will Nano- technology Soon Allow You to 'Swallow the Doctor'?
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Will Nano- technology Soon Allow You to 'Swallow the Doctor'?

Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots, so tiny that a teaspoon can hold billions of them.

Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way for the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99
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Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way for the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure...

Bitcoin Scams Steal at Least $11 Million in Virtual Deposits From Unsuspecting Customers
From ACM TechNews

Bitcoin Scams Steal at Least $11 Million in Virtual Deposits From Unsuspecting Customers

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, say researchers. 

What Does Privacy 'Look' Like? Carnegie Mellon Project Seeks Drawings
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What Does Privacy 'Look' Like? Carnegie Mellon Project Seeks Drawings

Privacy Illustrated, a Carnegie Mellon University project, invited people to draw what privacy means to them and already has amassed hundreds of drawings. 

New Pathway to Valleytronics
From ACM TechNews

New Pathway to Valleytronics

The optical Stark effect can be used to control valley excitons in MX2 semiconductors, say researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

The Search Engine of the Future Will Be All-Seeing, All-Knowing 'Watcher in the Sky'
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The Search Engine of the Future Will Be All-Seeing, All-Knowing 'Watcher in the Sky'

Stefan Weitz, until recently senior director of search at Bing, observes the Internet has become much more massive since Google was conceived in the 1990s. 

In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back
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In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back

You comfort your grieving friend online over chat, but you can't reach out and touch their shoulder.

FTC Says Internet-Connected Devices Pose Big Risks
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FTC Says Internet-Connected Devices Pose Big Risks

Internet-connected devices present serious data security and privacy risks, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report released this week.

Laser Flight Path Caught On Camera for the First Time
From ACM News

Laser Flight Path Caught On Camera for the First Time

Pew pew! Researchers have created the first video of a laser bouncing off a mirror.
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