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WikiLeaks' Attack on U.S. Intelligence
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WikiLeaks' Attack on U.S. Intelligence

Tuesday's WikiLeaks release exposing thousands of detailed documents on CIA hacking tools is an unbridled attack on U.S. intelligence operations with little or...

Trump's Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law
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Trump's Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law

President Donald Trump set the political and national security community on fire Saturday morning, starting the day with a four-part Twitter rant alleging that...

What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?
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What If the Internet Stopped Working for a Day?

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves.

Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End
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Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End

The more we rely on technology, the more detailed a technological footprint we leave behind.

We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil
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Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil

There is little doubt that the web is the greatest gift that any intelligence agency could have ever asked for.

Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules
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Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules

As the privacy and civil liberty community braces for Donald Trump's impending control of US intelligence agencies like the NSA, critics have called on the Obama...

10 Ways the iPhone Changed Everything
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10 Ways the iPhone Changed Everything

Ten years ago, Nokia was the world's largest phone maker. Microsoft was gearing up to launch Windows Vista. And the best new products at CES included a wireless...

Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder
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Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder

The value of bitcoin surged past $1,000 this week, the first time it has reached such heights since late 2013.

Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden
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Why President Obama Won't Pardon Edward Snowden

On September 14, 2016, days before the premiere of Oliver Stone's hagiographic movieSnowden, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty...

Why Frankenstein Is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published
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Why Frankenstein Is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published

Can I be totally honest? All I remember about Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. What happens in it?

The Biggest Security Threats Coming in 2017
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The Biggest Security Threats Coming in 2017

Whether it was a billion compromised Yahoo accounts or state-sponsored Russian hackers muscling in on the US election, this past year saw hacks of unprecedented...

Here's What a 'Digital Miranda Warning' Might Look Like
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Here's What a 'Digital Miranda Warning' Might Look Like

Anyone who has ever watched an American crime movie or television show can practically recite the Miranda warning by heart, even if they don't know its official...

Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017
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Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2017

If you've seen in it in a movie, you might see it in reality in 2017.

Best Books of 2016
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Best Books of 2016

Our editors' picks for the best books of 2016, and some they're eagerly anticipating.

The Year Encryption Won
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The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at...

Building Jarvis
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Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.
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The Internet Is Broken. Starting from Scratch, Here's How I'd Fix It.

My big idea is that we have to fix the Internet.

A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief
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A World of Surveillance Doesn't Always Help to Catch a Thief

Earlier this year, I had a beer in one of the more budget-conscious bars in the Mission district. My wallet stayed a little later than I did.
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