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Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real
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Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real

Over the years, some science fiction has popularized the notion that our world might not be what it seems—that we might all be living in the Matrix (to use perhaps...

Crackdown Successfully Reduces Spam
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Crackdown Successfully Reduces Spam

Two Google security researchers report that a pair of authentication standards designed to help combat spam and phishing attacks are being widely adopted. 

Old School vs. New School As Academic Publishers Brawl Over Web
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Old School vs. New School As Academic Publishers Brawl Over Web

The competition for prominence in academic publishing heated up this week as a traditional company, Elsevier, tangled with a Digital Era rival, Academia.edu.

Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey
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Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey

Cracking one of the most complicated cipher devices ever created—the Enigma machine—may not have been what Britain's Mavis Batey envisioned when she studied the...

Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess
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Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess

You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a spy is just a spy.

How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real
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How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real

Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research.

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)
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Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)

In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.

Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple
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Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple

Apple is today releasing the much-anticipated iOS 7, and with it, the biggest overhaul of its mobile operating system since it debuted in 2007 with the original...

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...

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...

'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. 

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...

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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