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Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'cia Project'
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Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'cia Project'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares...

Michigan Man Among 1st in U.s. to Get 'bionic Eye'
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Michigan Man Among 1st in U.s. to Get 'bionic Eye'

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find
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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa
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Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

The U.S. National Security Agency's annual Cyber Defense Exercise determines which of the five U.S. military service academies can best withstand cyberthreats. 

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa
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Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen...

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access
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High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family.

Experts Say Nsa Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable
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Experts Say Nsa Rules Leave Privacy Vulnerable

Cybersecurity experts doubt U.S. President Barack Obama's assurance the U.S. National Security Agency is not spying on ordinary Americans' communications.

Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions
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Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions

The debate about whether to continue the dragnet surveillance of Americans' phone records is highlighting divisions within the Democratic and Republican parties...

Hackathons on the Rise
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Hackathons on the Rise

This year a record 1,500 hackathons are planned around the world, up from just a handful in 2010. 

What Can ­nite Liberals and Tea Partyers? The Nsa
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What Can ­nite Liberals and Tea Partyers? The Nsa

Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

Palestinian Women Make Strides in High-Tech
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Palestinian Women Make Strides in High-Tech

Palestinian women are joining the high-tech industry, despite obstacles presented by the economy and traditional culture. 

Experiment Adds Sense of Touch to Artificial Hand
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Experiment Adds Sense of Touch to Artificial Hand

Swiss and Italian researchers have developed a robotic hand that enables amputees to feel differences between objects. 

Fda Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon
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Fda Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen patients who...

Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business
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Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Celebrities, businesses, and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms,"...

Nsa Phone Surveillance Legal, Federal Judge Rules
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Nsa Phone Surveillance Legal, Federal Judge Rules

The debate over the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts when a federal judge in Manhattan...

Welcome to the Super Bowl For Robots
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Welcome to the Super Bowl For Robots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics competition is aimed at developing a robot that can function in disaster zones. 

Judge's Word on Nsa Program Won't Be the Last
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Judge's Word on Nsa Program Won't Be the Last

A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional...

Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes
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Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're...

Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords
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Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords

Emerging biometric technologies could replace the use of passwords. 

Google's 'hummingbird' Hatches New Search Formula
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Google's 'hummingbird' Hatches New Search Formula

The formula underlying Google's search engine has been overhauled as part of its Hummingbird update, to yield better answers to increasingly complex queries. 
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