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Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic
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Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic

Just hours after President Obama defended the National Security Agency's activities, the foreign surveillance agency released a document in which it claims to review...

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email

Silent Circle shuttered its encrypted email service on Thursday, the second such closure in just a few hours in an apparent attempt to avoid government scrutiny...

Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries
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Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries


Google Boosts Handwriting Feature in Google Translate
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Google Boosts Handwriting Feature in Google Translate

With Google Translate's new handwriting tool, users can draw an unfamiliar word or character on their Android smartphone or tablet and get a translation. 

How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance
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How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance

By wielding a potent legal threat, the U.S. government is often able to force Internet companies to aid its surveillance demands.

Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses
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Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses

ICANN, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses, said it has signed agreements that will bring Chinese, Russian, and Arabic domain names...

Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains
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Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia, trying to move its graphics chips into the supercomputing market, has found a niche helping engineers build brain-like systems called neural networks.

Fast Fiber: Apps Coming at 70 Percent the Speed of Light
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Fast Fiber: Apps Coming at 70 Percent the Speed of Light

The speed of data transfer will rise dramatically as Gigabit Ethernet grows increasingly available. 

The Next Big Thing in Tech: Augmented Reality
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The Next Big Thing in Tech: Augmented Reality

Augmented reality technologies have been in development in university labs and small companies for almost 50 years.

'blue Waters' Supercomputer Helps Crack Hiv Code
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'blue Waters' Supercomputer Helps Crack Hiv Code

Researchers used the Blue Waters supercomputer to discover the structure of the HIV capsid. 

Graphics Gurus Master Wispy Hair, Snowballs, Torn Paper
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Graphics Gurus Master Wispy Hair, Snowballs, Torn Paper

The computer graphics industry has an insatiable appetite for realism, and researchers next month will show how they plan to feed it with innovations in computerized...

Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day
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Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day

Google processes about 100 billion search requests a month, and about 15 percent of them take longer to process because the request is totally new to it.

Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations
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Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations

Law enforcement officials could have something very different on their hands as they investigate the dual bomb blasts that struck the Boston Marathon finish line...

Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance
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Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance

Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations, an internal government...

Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones
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Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance...

Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers
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Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers

The U.S Federal Trade Commission said today that it is cracking down on marketers that are allegedly bombarding consumers with hundreds of millions of unwanted on...

Big Blue, Big Bang, Big Data: Telescope Funds Computing R&d
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Big Blue, Big Bang, Big Data: Telescope Funds Computing R&d

IBM wants to advance supercomputing technology in processing, optical communications, and memory by using the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. 

Why Teens Are Tiring of Facebook
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Why Teens Are Tiring of Facebook

To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadways, just watch them on their smartphones.

Vint Cerf Sees an 'Interspecies Internet' to Talk With Animals
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Vint Cerf Sees an 'Interspecies Internet' to Talk With Animals

Technology evangelists have proposed a new inter-species Internet that would facilitate communication between humans and animals. 

Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number
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Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project has scored its 14th consecutive victory, discovering the largest prime number so far.
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