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After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras
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After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras

Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras...

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane
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Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane

Could this be the deadliest smartphone app ever?

Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'
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Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'

d Boyden tilts his head downward, remaining still except for his eyes, which dart back and forth between blinks for a full 10 seconds. Then, as if coming up for...

China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things
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China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things

When architect James Law looks in the mirror each morning his reflection is not all that greets him—he can also see the weather report, email messages, and his...

5 Big Tech Issues Await Obama in Second Term
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5 Big Tech Issues Await Obama in Second Term

Technology policy didn't get much air time in the 2012 presidential election, but the Obama administration will face serious issues over the next four years.

How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?
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How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?

In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches...

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests
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Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests

Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency...

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence
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The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence

If you're among the companies vying for one of the nearly 2,000 new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, you've got big pockets. The application alone costs about...

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Cyberwar Explodes in Syria

A familiar digital chime rang on the computer. Someone was calling via Skype from Syria.

Why Can't Americans Vote Online?
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Why Can't Americans Vote Online?

Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, and although the mostly state and local races won't stir the same passions as next year's presidential contest,...

How Many Pages Are on the Internet?
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How Many Pages Are on the Internet?

It seems like an answerable question, right? But no one really knows how many Websites or individual Web pages make up this seemingly infinite digital universe...

How 9/11 Inspired a New Era of Robotics
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How 9/11 Inspired a New Era of Robotics

When Robin Murphy saw the World Trade Center towers fall on September 11, she knew of an unexpected group that could help respond: robots.

Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con
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Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and Def Con

The word "hacker" evokes all kinds of scary images. But Jeff Moss says hackers are exactly what the world needs more of, because they can make the Internet safer...

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Cell Phone Users Are Talking Less

Call Kimberly Brown a smartphone junkie if you want. "I'm sure everyone around me will say I'm most definitely addicted," said Brown, an archaeologist at The...

Mac vs. Pc: The Stereotypes May Be True
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Mac vs. Pc: The Stereotypes May Be True

Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit...

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See
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How Google Is Teaching Computers to See

Computers used to be blind, and now they can see.  Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower...

Online Photos: Are They New Digital Fingerprints?
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Online Photos: Are They New Digital Fingerprints?

For Mike Smith, Facebook is a fort for communicating freely with friends online. Within the confines of that giant yet access-restricted network, the music-software...

Google Making App that Would Identify People's Faces
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Google Making App that Would Identify People's Faces

Google is working on a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director...

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California High Court: Retailers Can't Request Cardholders' Zip Code

California's high court ruled Thursday that retailers don't have the right to ask customers for their ZIP code while completing credit card transactions, saying...

Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson
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Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson

His name is Watson. He's bad with puns. Great at math. And, next week, he will compete on the game show "Jeopardy!" against real, live, breathing, thinking humans...
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