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Red Astroturf: Chinese Government Makes Millions of Fake Social Media Posts
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Red Astroturf: Chinese Government Makes Millions of Fake Social Media Posts

Data scientists at Harvard University have found that the government of the People's Republic of China generates an estimated 448 million fake social media posts...

Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones
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Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones

Anti-drone technology has been high on the shopping list of public safety and military organizations at least since a drunken federal employee crashed a drone onto...

As ­S Drops 'cyber Bombs,' Isis Retools Its Own Cyber Army
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As ­S Drops 'cyber Bombs,' Isis Retools Its Own Cyber Army

The Islamic State has been deft in its use of the Internet as a communications tool.

Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome
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Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome

The history of humanity, as we've read it through DNA, has been written largely by females.

Long After His Accident, Sam Schmidt Takes the Wheel Again Thanks to Project Sam
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Long After His Accident, Sam Schmidt Takes the Wheel Again Thanks to Project Sam

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas.

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case
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Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined (PDF) to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other writers claiming Google's scanning of their books amounts to wanton...

'this Is the Irs Regarding Your Tax Filings,' Says Trio of Overseas Robocallers
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'this Is the Irs Regarding Your Tax Filings,' Says Trio of Overseas Robocallers

As if political campaigns, shady telemarketers hawking home security systems, and the rest of the usual suspects aren't generating enough automated phone calls,...

First Came the Breathalyzer, Now Meet the Roadside Police 'textalyzer'
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First Came the Breathalyzer, Now Meet the Roadside Police 'textalyzer'

We're all familiar with the Breathalyzer, the brand name for a roadside device that measures a suspected drunken driver's blood-alcohol level.

Apple Likely Can't Force Fbi to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized Iphone
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Apple Likely Can't Force Fbi to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized Iphone

The US government isn't saying whether it will divulge to Apple the method it used to access the locked iPhone seized by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope
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Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful.

Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent
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Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent

James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is defending the agency's legal battle with Apple, saying it is about fighting terrorism and not about...

Apple Gets Short-Term Win, But New Mysterious Fbi ­nlocking Method Looms
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Apple Gets Short-Term Win, But New Mysterious Fbi ­nlocking Method Looms

Less than 24 hours before a highly anticipated Tuesday court session where prosecutors and Apple lawyers would have squared off here in federal court, government...

Obama Weighs In on Apple v. Fbi: 'you Can't Take an Absolutist View'
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Obama Weighs In on Apple v. Fbi: 'you Can't Take an Absolutist View'

In his keynote address at the 2016 South By Southwest conference, President Barack Obama responded directly to a question about cybersecurity in light of the ongoing...

China Is Building a Big Data Platform For 'precrime'
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China Is Building a Big Data Platform For 'precrime'

It's "precrime" meets "thoughtcrime."

Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency
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Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency

Osaka University roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro explains why offloading a humanoid robot's intelligence to a data center or a cloud computer is impractical. 

Encryption Isn't at Stake, the Fbi Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key
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Encryption Isn't at Stake, the Fbi Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key

Apple has been served with a court order at the FBI's request, demanding that it assist the government agency with unlocking an iPhone 5C that was used by Syed...

How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case
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How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday evening said the US government's legal position on encryption backdoors was setting "a dangerous precedent."

Data Analysis of Github Contributions Reveals ­nexpected Gender Bias
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Data Analysis of Github Contributions Reveals ­nexpected Gender Bias

An analysis of millions of GitHub pull requests found women's contributions were accepted more frequently than men's, but only if they had gender-neutral profiles...

New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile
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New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile

An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against...

Europe's Top Court Mulls Legality of Hyperlinks to Copyrighted Content
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Europe's Top Court Mulls Legality of Hyperlinks to Copyrighted Content

Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before...
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