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Hidden Gps Devices to Track Suspects Raise Legal Concerns
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Hidden Gps Devices to Track Suspects Raise Legal Concerns

For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask...

'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?

Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library
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Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library

The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and...

Latest Self-Driving Google Car Heading to Public Streets
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Latest Self-Driving Google Car Heading to Public Streets

Google has announced plans to debut the latest version of its self-driving car on public roads this summer. 

Self-Driving Cars Getting Dinged in California
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Self-Driving Cars Getting Dinged in California

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies...

Google Embeds Engineers as Professors
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Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

Google is placing engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where they teach, mentor, and advise on curriculum. 

Obama, Wowed By Young Scientists, Announces New STEM Pledges
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Obama, Wowed By Young Scientists, Announces New STEM Pledges

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

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. 

MIT Engineers Have High Hopes For Cheetah Robot
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MIT Engineers Have High Hopes For Cheetah Robot

A new cheetah-inspired robot can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 miles per hour, jump about 16 inches high, land safely, and continue running for 15...

Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers
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Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

How to Teach Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road
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How to Teach Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.‚Äč

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...

Fbi Director Warns Against Cellphone Encryption
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Fbi Director Warns Against Cellphone Encryption

FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that...

MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time
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MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired...

Heads Up, World Cup Teams: The Robots are Coming
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Heads Up, World Cup Teams: The Robots are Coming

The RoboCup international robot soccer tournament aims to create a robot soccer team that can defeat the human World Cup champions by 2050. 

Panel Endorses Some Nsa Internet Surveillance
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Panel Endorses Some Nsa Internet Surveillance

A bipartisan privacy board on Wednesday unanimously adopted its report that endorses some of the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance programs.

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...

Police Use New Tool to Source Crowds For Evidence
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Police Use New Tool to Source Crowds For Evidence

An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing...

Supreme Court Takes on Privacy in Digital Age
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Supreme Court Takes on Privacy in Digital Age

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device.
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