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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images
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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
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The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic
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Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic

Ever wonder what the people on the other end of a Hangouts session are really looking at on their screens?

Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News
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Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News

On Tuesday morning, the 45th president of the United States woke up around 5:30am Eastern Time and decided to begin his Tuesday by berating the "Fake News Media...

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data
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What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its...

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...

Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It
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Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly...

Inspired By Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI ­tterly Wrecks Captcha Security
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Inspired By Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI ­tterly Wrecks Captcha Security

Computer algorithms have gotten much better at recognizing patterns, like specific animals or people's faces, allowing software to automatically categorize large...

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...

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...

Heads ­p: Augmented Reality Prepares For the Battlefield
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Heads ­p: Augmented Reality Prepares For the Battlefield

At last week's Pentagon Lab Day in Washington, DC, the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Army Research...

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 ...

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...

Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond
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Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond

For most of humanity's existence, communication has been incredibly slow.

Minding the Gap, Blind
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Minding the Gap, Blind

Most commuters keep their eyes down in the morning while traipsing through the gleaming corridors of London’s Euston Underground station.

Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry
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Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry

"We are looking at sensory immersion.

Building a Bionic Spine
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Building a Bionic Spine

Australian neurologist Tom Oxley was on vacation in the US in November 2010 when he decided to do a bit of work.
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