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Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense
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Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense

If you're the kind of person who worries about the security of computer networks, you should know that the National Security Agency is worrying about it too. Since...

Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard
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Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard

Microsoft has become a sponsor of a World Wide Web Consortium effort to standardize Web-based fonts with technology called the Web Open Font Format (WOFF). 

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

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Google Backs Yahoo in Privacy Fight with Doj

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo's aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail...

Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web
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Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web

Google is breathing new life into its effort to bring hardware-accelerated three-dimensional graphics to the Internet. 

Playing It Safe With Two Networks
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Playing It Safe With Two Networks

To protect itself from hackers, Cryptography Research runs two unconnected networks—one for sensitive data and core engineering work that is not connected to the...

­.s. Cyber Command Prepped to Launch
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­.s. Cyber Command Prepped to Launch

Washingon's new U.S. Cyber Command is prepped and ready but is still waiting for Senate approval of its new commander before it can open for business.

Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid
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Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid

Intel wants you to take more interest in your energy use but isn't fussy about how you do it. The chip giant has developed a broad strategy to make money on smart...

Turning Smartphones Into Air Quality Monitors
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Turning Smartphones Into Air Quality Monitors

Intel Labs has developed Common Sense, a portable device that collects and analyzes nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and ozone information, and enables users to...

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Internet's Future on Display at Singularity U.

The Internet of the future is an intelligent network capable of proactively acting on our needs, following us wherever we go, helping provide us with focused health...

The Internet Can Make You Smarter, Experts Say
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The Internet Can Make You Smarter, Experts Say

A Pew Internet survey of 900 scientists, business leaders, and technology developers found that most thought that the Internet can improve humanity's overall grasp...

Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks
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Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks

A panel of experts told U.S. senators at a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the United States would be defeated...

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Intel Alliance to Invest $3.5 Billion in ­.s. Tech

Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini wants to see the U.S. more competitive and has announced plans for a new alliance to invest $3.5 billion...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job
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Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job

Peiter Zatko--a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed toDARPA...

Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion
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Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment...

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Police Want Backdoor to Web Users' Private Data

count likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant. But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditionalone...

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With Draft Standard, 3d Web Closer to Reality

The Khronos Group and Mozilla have announced the release of WebGL, a new standard for enabling Web browsers to support three-dimensional (3D) graphics. The draft...

Ibm: Envisioning the World's Fastest Supercomputer
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Ibm: Envisioning the World's Fastest Supercomputer

IBM will release a new Power7 chip next year that could lead to the development of the world's fastest supercomputer. The IBM Blue Waters project supercomputer...

Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband
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Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently held a field hearing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss the role of the communications...
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