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How BlackBerry Finally Found Its Buyer
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How BlackBerry Finally Found Its Buyer

The BlackBerry melodrama may finally be coming to a close.

The Nba Will Now Track Every Player's Movements
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The Nba Will Now Track Every Player's Movements

The National Basketball Association announced a contract with sports information company Stats to install player-tracking camera systems in every arena beginning...

Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows
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Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bedfellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and...

Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless
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Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults say they can go a week without paying for something with cash, according to a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports last year...

How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot
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How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot

A hacking attack launched by the Syrian Electronic Army may have targeted the New York Timesand other U.S. media companies, but the weak link was Melbourne IT (...

New ATM Designs Imitate Online and Mobile Banking
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New ATM Designs Imitate Online and Mobile Banking

Before heading to lunch, Kirsten Keary-Taylor, 29, uses an iPhone app to request $20 from a nearby ATM. Passing the cash machine on her way out, she scans it with...

Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism
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Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism

It used to be that the National Security Agency and its ilk had to pay through the nose for the latest in spying technology.

Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls
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Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls

The so-called patent troll has become one of the tech industry’s favorite monsters in recent years, and on Tuesday the Obama administration announced it would ...

In China, Big Data Is Becoming Big Business
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In China, Big Data Is Becoming Big Business

With 1.3 billion people, a quickly expanding urban economy, and rising rates of Internet and smartphone penetration, China generates an immense amount of data annually...

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...

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...

Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents
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Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents

To be a good coder in Silicon Valley is to be among the pampered elite.

Paul Mockapetris, Inventor of the Domain Name System, Wants to Filter the Web
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Paul Mockapetris, Inventor of the Domain Name System, Wants to Filter the Web

Before the Internet, there was the ARPANet, a closed computer network that pretty much shut down on weekends and over holidays.

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.

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars
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Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars

In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with...

Ayasdi: Stanford Math Begets a Data Company
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Ayasdi: Stanford Math Begets a Data Company

Like most of his peers, Gunnar Carlsson spends his time thinking about hairy, theoretical math problems.

Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell
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Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell

Reading the news that Atari’s U.S. subsidiary is filing for bankruptcy was a little like hearing that Bob Hope died—in that you were surprised to discover he had...

Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?
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Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has not had a charmed birth. While some of its problems—a windshield crack, minor fuel leaks—can easily be dealt with, the issues that have...

Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress
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Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress

There are plenty of Meg Whitman doubters out there. Some say the former EBay chief executive officer doesn't have the requisite big company experience to run a...
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