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How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers
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How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers

The Internet has gained a reputation as somewhere you can say and do anything with impunity, primarily because it is easy to disguise your identity.

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Fbi Plans Social Network Map Alert Mash-­p Application

The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material "scraped" from social networks.

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Hewlett Packard Opens Doors to Its HP Labs ­.K. Research Base

The year is 2015, and in a government-owned data centre somewhere in southern England thousands of servers are humming away, hard at work keeping the country running...

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Sopa: Sites Go Dark As Part of Anti-Piracy Law Protests

Thousands of Internet sites are taking part in a "blackout" protest against anti-piracy laws being discussed by U.S. lawmakers.

Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship
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Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship

An organization of computer hackers is planning to launch its own communication satellites and bypass satellites controlled by governmental bodies and used to censor...

Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?
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Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?

"If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace." Author and robotic engineer Daniel H Wilson's...

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future
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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future

Censorship is the biggest threat to the development of the Internet, according to Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales.

How to Predict the Future
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How to Predict the Future

Imagining the future, we naturally think of it as a different place to the one we live in now. It is populated with new technologies, advanced science, and perhaps...

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Robot Wars 'Still a Long Way Off'

"I'll be back" said Arnold Schwarzenegger as cyborg-assassin the Terminator, back from the year 2029 to carry out a murder in 1984. But it seems that, when it...

Ready For the Robot Revolution?
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Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Robots are about to invade our lives. From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists...

'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters
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'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters

Researchers at Kingston University have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a...

When Algorithms Control the World
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When Algorithms Control the World

If you were expecting some kind warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again.

Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech
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Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech

Chip maker Intel has commissioned leading science fiction authors to pen short stories that imagine future uses for the firm's technology.

Mobile 'Pinging' Claim Raises Legal Questions
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Mobile 'Pinging' Claim Raises Legal Questions

A former News of the World journalist's allegation the newspaper paid police to track mobile phones raises serious questions about the U.K.'s eavesdropping laws...

The Man Who Invented the Microprocessor
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The Man Who Invented the Microprocessor

Ted Hoff saved his own life, sort of. Deep inside this 73-year-old lies a microprocessor—a tiny computer that controls his pacemaker and, in turn, his heart.

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Google Goes Shopping For Patents

Google has made a $900m bid for the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker. The patents could help arm it against...

Gravity Satellite Yields 'potato Earth' View
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Gravity Satellite Yields 'potato Earth' View

It looks like a giant potato in space. And yet, the information in this model is the sharpest view we have of how gravity varies across the Earth.

China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years
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China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years

China is on course to overtake the U.S. in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013—far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by...

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Academics to 'embrace Wikipedia'

Students and academics at a world-leading London university want to build bridges between the Wikipedia website and formal research.

Stuxnet Virus Targets and Spread Revealed
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Stuxnet Virus Targets and Spread Revealed

A powerful internet worm repeatedly targeted five industrial facilities in Iran over 10 months, ongoing analysis by security researchers shows.
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