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Inside Google's Secret Lab
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Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely...

A Hack-Proof Internet Exists, Thanks to Quantum Physics
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A Hack-Proof Internet Exists, Thanks to Quantum Physics

Leave it to the quantum physicists at Los Alamos National Labs to have run for the past two years something that sounded like science fiction: a quantum Internet...

China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q
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China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q

Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line.

Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite
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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO...

Cyberattacks Abound Yet Companies Tell Sec Losses Are Few
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Cyberattacks Abound Yet Companies Tell Sec Losses Are Few

The 27 largest U.S. companies reporting cyber attacks say they sustained no major financial losses, exposing a disconnect with federal officials who say billions...

Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly...

Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data
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Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data

The Central Intelligence Agency has published for the first time "Some Far-Out Thoughts on Computers," a 1962 internal document that shows how eager the agency...

Israel Ramps ­p Its Cyberdefense Training
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Israel Ramps ­p Its Cyberdefense Training

Twice a week about 200 Israeli high school students in seven separate locations meet after school for six hours of extra classes.

Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It
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Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It

Jeffrey Knockel is an unlikely candidate to expose the inner workings of Skype's role in China’s online surveillance apparatus.

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier
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Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier

Consider the tongue. It's sensitive yet muscular, packed with taste buds and nerves, and without its acrobatic ability humans wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. It's...

Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers
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Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers

Google Inc. sees self-driving cars being available to consumers in three to five years. Regulators and the insurance industry aren't so sure it can happen that...

Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not
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Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not

Chinese Internet cops are at it again.

Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles
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Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles

The success of Israel's Iron Dome in shooting down missiles fired from Gaza has a lot to do with a company you've probably never heard of: MPrest Systems.

The Hackers of Damascus
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The Hackers of Damascus

Taymour Karim didn't crack under interrogation.

Intel Seeks to Eliminate Computer Passwords With Wave of Hand
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Intel Seeks to Eliminate Computer Passwords With Wave of Hand

Intel researchers recently demonstrated a system that has the potential to do away with computer passwords.

Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport
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Cyberwars Reach a New Frontier: The Airport

It sounds like an air traveler's nightmare: a sophisticated software attack that allows hackers to access internal airport computer systems and manipulate data...

Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms
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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms

Look around your office hallway or college campus and you'll see people holding interactive panes of glass.

Apple Warms Up to Hackers, Plans Presentation at Black Hat
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Apple Warms Up to Hackers, Plans Presentation at Black Hat

In the 15 years that computer hackers have gathered in Las Vegas for the Black Hat conference, an event where unknowns can become stars and tech heavyweights are...

An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers
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An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers

Paul Davison is in a hurry. Not just to board the plane that's about to take him to his father's retirement party in San Diego, or to get through the talking points...

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Spies Fail to Escape Spyware in $5 Billion Bazaar For Cyber Arms

The intelligence operative sits in a leather club chair, laptop open, one floor below the Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s convention rooms, scanning the airwaves for spies...
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