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It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show
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It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the...

How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure
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How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's...

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners
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Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide...

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 
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How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder. 

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case
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To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have ...

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age
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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.
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Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.

Poisonous political divisions have spawned an encryption arms race across the Trump administration, as both the president’s advisers and career civil servants scramble...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs
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Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and...

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
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Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?
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Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?

Getting yourself out of bed and into work can feel like one of the toughest parts of the day.

Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump
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Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking...

US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language  
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US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language  

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the US Intelligence Community’s own science and technology research arm, has announced it is seeking...

Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court
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Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is letting stand a ruling in a closely watched case holding that Microsoft need not comply with a U.S. government demand for data stored...

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game
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Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.
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