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In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model
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In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model

Recent weeks have seen a lot of (overdue) talk about privacy and technology. There was theflap over Path and other mobile apps uploading your phone's address books...

Standards Leader Blasts Html5 Video Copy Protection
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Standards Leader Blasts Html5 Video Copy Protection

Microsoft, Google, and Netflix recently proposed a standard for copy-protected Web video, but HTML editor Ian Hickson calls it impractical and unethical.  

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security
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Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security

When it launched in 2010, NuCaptcha touted its proprietary technology as being able to "provide the highest level of security available" by using video streams...

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups
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Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups

Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting...

W3c Co-Chair: Apple, Google Power Causing Open Web Crisis
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W3c Co-Chair: Apple, Google Power Causing Open Web Crisis

The dominance of Apple and Google mobile browsers is leading to a situation that is even worse for Web programming than the former dominance of Internet Explorer...

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Google Wants Ability to 'combine' Your ­ser Data

Google is planning to rewrite its privacy policy to grant it explicit rights to "combine personal information" across multiple products and services, the company...

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Patent Grants Hit All-Time High in 2011; Ibm Leads the Way

Patents were a hot-button issue in 2011, so there's no wonder so many companies were filling their portfolios with new intellectual property all year.

Vint Cerf: Sopa Means 'unprecedented Censorship' of the Web
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Vint Cerf: Sopa Means 'unprecedented Censorship' of the Web

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf has sent a letter to U.S. House Judiciary chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), adding his voice to those of many other...

Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican
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Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican

Rep. Lamar Smith, whose congressional district in Texas encompasses the cropland and grazing land stretching between Austin and San Antonio, might seem like an...

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon
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Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon

As robots seek to mimic humans' ability to see and hear, they have a secret weapon in Microsoft's Kinect game motion-sensing controller.

Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission
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Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission

If you're going to Mars with an SUV-size robot, you'll need a really good energy supply.

Flash: Crippled But Alive... For Now
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Flash: Crippled But Alive... For Now

Today, Adobe confirmed that it's extinguishing the Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices.

Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots
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Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

It's no surprise that uber-geek and iRobot CEO Colin Angle is a Star Wars fan.

Outsmarted: Captcha Security Not Much of a Gotcha
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Outsmarted: Captcha Security Not Much of a Gotcha

A team of Stanford University researchers has bad news to report about Captchas, those often unreadable, always annoying distorted letters that you're required...

Microsoft Sees Screens Everywhere in Futuristic Video
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Microsoft Sees Screens Everywhere in Futuristic Video

Say what you will about Microsoft's execution in developing cool products and services consumers want, where rivals such as Apple and Google have stolen a beat...

Researchers to Detail Hole in Web Encryption
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Researchers to Detail Hole in Web Encryption

Security researchers Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong will demonstrate an attack that compromises Transport Layer Security 1.0 at the Ekoparty conference in Argentina...

Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.
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Schmidt Avoids a Gates-Like Disaster in D.c.

Eric Schmidt cut a confident figure today prior to his testimony before U.S. lawmakers, who later appeared determined to find out if Google abuses its supremacy...

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Privacy at Risk: Who's Watching You?

The notion of Big Brother has been around for decades, but technology has long lagged behind the Orwellian imagination. Not any more; in the era of smartphones...

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The America Invents Act and the Individual Inventor

Much has been said about how the newly passed patent reform legislation, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, benefits large corporations. While that argument...
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