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'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches
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'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches

As Richard Sherman sprints side-by-side with Calvin Johnson, who is running faster?

Did Nsa Plant Spyware in Computers Around World?
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Did Nsa Plant Spyware in Computers Around World?

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets...

Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech
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Facebook, Linkedin Join to Help Women in Tech

Facebook and LinkedIn have launched a collaborative initiative to boost the shrinking numbers of women studying engineering and computer science. 

U.s. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks
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U.s. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing...

School Bets Video Game Scholarship Can Draw Talent
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School Bets Video Game Scholarship Can Draw Talent

As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.

Supreme Court Tosses 'abstract' Software Patent
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Supreme Court Tosses 'abstract' Software Patent

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not...

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. 

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,"...

Fledgling 3D Printing Industry Finds Home in Nyc
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Fledgling 3D Printing Industry Finds Home in Nyc

It looks like a bakery. A warm glow emanates from the windows of big, oven-like machines, and a dusting of white powder covers everything.

­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.

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.

Sd College Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology
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Sd College Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology

Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough...

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.

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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In Cuba, Mystery Shrouds Fate of Internet Cable

It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation...

Google: Technology Is Making Science Fiction Real
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Google: Technology Is Making Science Fiction Real

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that rapid advances in technology will soon transform science fiction into reality—meaning people will have driverless...

Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System
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Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System

When convoys of soldiers or federal police move through the scrubland of northern Mexico, the Zetas drug cartel knows they are coming.

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Airline Pilots Forgetting How to Fly? Computer Controls Blamed

Are airline pilots forgetting how to fly? As planes become ever more reliant on automation to navigate crowded skies, safety officials worry there will be more...

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Internet Braces For New Addresses Beyond '.com,' Including '.bank,' '.eco' and '.canon.'

The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new Web-site suffixes, including...
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