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Terrorists Turn to Online Chat Rooms to Evade U.s.
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Terrorists Turn to Online Chat Rooms to Evade U.s.

Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks, including the threatened if...

Researchers Aim to Create Virtual Speech Therapist
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Researchers Aim to Create Virtual Speech Therapist

Researchers working to develop a virtual speech therapist, technology that could help people overcome the language disorder known as aphasia. 

Nsa Revelations Reframe Digital Life For Some
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Nsa Revelations Reframe Digital Life For Some

In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost...

In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge
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In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge

The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has...

Move Over Messi, Here Come the Robots
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Move Over Messi, Here Come the Robots

More than 1,000 soccer-playing robots from 40 countries are competing against each other in the RoboCup soccer tournament. 

Coding Camps For Kids Rise in Popularity
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Coding Camps For Kids Rise in Popularity

Coding camps for children are becoming increasingly popular amid an expanding initiative to inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees. 

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure
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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information...

1st Web Page Proves as Elusive as Mysteries of the Universe
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1st Web Page Proves as Elusive as Mysteries of the Universe

Scientists may never make a clear-cut discovery of the first Web page ever created because of the nature of how data is stored.

­ssr's Old Domain Name Attracts Cybercriminals
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­ssr's Old Domain Name Attracts Cybercriminals

The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving.

Kissing Cousins? In Close-Knit Iceland, App Helps Prevent Incest
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Kissing Cousins? In Close-Knit Iceland, App Helps Prevent Incest

An app making the Islendingabok (Book of Icelanders) available to Android phones notifies Icelanders when people they meet are too closely related to date. 

British Library Sets Out to Archive the Web
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British Library Sets Out to Archive the Web

The British Library is archiving every British website and e-book for future researchers. 

Race to Build Driverless Cars Is in Full Throttle
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Race to Build Driverless Cars Is in Full Throttle

Researchers claim they are just five years away from having all of the tools and the knowledge needed to market a fully autonomous vehicle. 

Carnegie Mellon, Nsa Seek High School Hackers
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Carnegie Mellon, Nsa Seek High School Hackers

Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.

Cyberwar Manual Lays Down Rules For Online Attacks
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Cyberwar Manual Lays Down Rules For Online Attacks

Even cyberwar has rules, and one group of experts is putting out a manual to prove it.

Physicists Say They Have Found a Higgs Boson
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Physicists Say They Have Found a Higgs Boson

It helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe: how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago.

Wireless Connections Creep Into Everyday Things
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Wireless Connections Creep Into Everyday Things

A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner...

Al-Qaida Tipsheet on Avoiding Drones Found in Mali
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Al-Qaida Tipsheet on Avoiding Drones Found in Mali

One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.

Pentagon Creates New Medal For Cyber, Drone Wars
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Pentagon Creates New Medal For Cyber, Drone Wars

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.

Will Smart Machines Create a World Without Work?
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Will Smart Machines Create a World Without Work?

They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider...

North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web
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North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web

Students at North Korea's premier university have showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: they Google it.
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