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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer ­se Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer ­se Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?
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Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new book, The Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like...

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms
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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean...

Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion
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Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Serious Flaw in Wpa2 Protocol Lets Attackers Intercept Passwords and Much More
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Serious Flaw in Wpa2 Protocol Lets Attackers Intercept Passwords and Much More

Researchers have discovered a severe flaw in the WPA2 protocol that enables hackers within range of a vulnerable device or access point to intercept passwords and...

With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
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With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

Radio Navigation Set to Make Global Return as Gps Backup, Because Cyber 
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Radio Navigation Set to Make Global Return as Gps Backup, Because Cyber 

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage.

New Web Tool Tracks Russian 'influence Ops' on Twitter
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New Web Tool Tracks Russian 'influence Ops' on Twitter

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan project backed by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), has launched a Web tool to keep tabs on...

Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems
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Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and...

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic
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Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's Nsa Leaker
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How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's Nsa Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...

Leaked Nsa Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials
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Leaked Nsa Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials

A Top Secret NSA analyst's report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate (GRU) hacked...

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It
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Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

'we All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of ­.s.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
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'we All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of ­.s.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History
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For Sale: Your Private Browsing History

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill...

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 ...

In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets
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In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets

In the beginning, people hacked phones.

­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language
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­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language program aims to give researchers...

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...

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course
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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course

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