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The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records
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The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records

Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever...

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach
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How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy
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The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy

On Sept. 1, the website Rescator.cc alerted customers to a big new batch of product about to hit its digital shelves. "Load your accounts and prepare for an avalanche...

The Cookies You Can't Crumble
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The Cookies You Can't Crumble

If you've used the Internet for longer than the iPhone has been around, you're probably familiar with cookies, those little packets of personal data that help load...

Ibm, At&t Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster
From ACM TechNews

Ibm, At&t Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

Prototype technology can quickly move large amounts of critical data and software to another location in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. 

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them
From ACM News

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
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How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club
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Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.

Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick
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Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus...

The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google
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The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google

Since agreeing to comply with the European Court of Justice’s decision that people have the right to be forgotten, Google has received about 50,000 requests for...

Hackers Devise Wireless Methods For Stealing Atm Users' Pins
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Hackers Devise Wireless Methods For Stealing Atm Users' Pins

Pilfering the personal identification numbers of financial accounts, a potential jackpot for hackers, is tougher to pull off thanks to data encryption and other...

The U.s. Government Wants 6,000 New 'cyber Warriors' By 2016
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The U.s. Government Wants 6,000 New 'cyber Warriors' By 2016

The Pentagon plans to triple its cybersecurity staff by 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced recently.

Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing Nsa Spying Case
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Justice Scalia Looks Forward to Hearing Nsa Spying Case

Justice Antonin Scalia signaled during a law school talk on March 21 that the Supreme Court is very much aware that legal challenges to the National Security Agency's...

Cyberwar in ­kraine Falls Far Short of Russia's Full Powers
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Cyberwar in ­kraine Falls Far Short of Russia's Full Powers

The tense on-the-ground standoff in Ukraine has already tipped into open hostilities online, with hackers targeting members of parliament and state agencies.

Since It Can't Sue ­s All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos
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Since It Can't Sue ­s All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos

For the past decade or so, the best defense Getty Images could find against the right-click button on your mouse—home of the "copy" and "save" functions—has been...

The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built
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The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built

Last year, Edward Snowden turned over to the Guardian, a British newspaper, some 58,000 classified U.S. government documents.

The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up
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The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up

Joel Flickinger's two-bedroom home in the hills above Oakland, Calif., hums with custom-built computing gear.

Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?
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Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) is no stranger to provocative proposals.

The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge
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The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge

Consider the tweet.
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