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The Technical Muscle Behind Wikileaks

WikiLeaks isn't much to look at. The Website's homepage is largely composed of a plain-text logo and a giant hyperlink that simply says: "Submit documents."

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We're Running Out of Internet Addresses

Don't panic, but we're running out of internet addresses. Not domain names—those Website names that you see at the top of this page and which always start with...

Inventor of Cell Phone: We Knew Someday Everybody Would Have One
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Inventor of Cell Phone: We Knew Someday Everybody Would Have One

In 1973, Martin Cooper changed the world, although he didn't know it yet.

Why Face Recognition Isn't Scary
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Why Face Recognition Isn't Scary

Most of the time, Stacey Schlittenhard finds facial recognition technology to be extremely useful. When she uploads her family photos to the Website Picasa, for...

The Website That Reveals State Secrets
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The Website That Reveals State Secrets

If Daniel Ellsberg wanted to leak secret documents today, he probably would send them to a powerful and controversial new venue for whistle-blowing: a Website called...

Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas
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Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas

As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent, some companies are starting to eye job-hungry areas of the country as prime candidates for the kind of outsourced...

Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan
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Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan

Poland's cooperative BPS bank says it's the first in Europe to install a biometric ATM--allowing customers to withdraw cash simply with the touch of a fingertip...

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New Tech Moves Beyond the Mouse, Keyboard and Screen

Goodbye computer mouse, keyboard and monitor. Say hello to a new, simpler era of human-computer interaction--this time, with no clunky hardware standing between...

China's Censorship Could Lead to a Brain Drain
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China's Censorship Could Lead to a Brain Drain

They are coming from cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Students are leaving mainland China for the opportunity to study in Hong Kong instead.

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Divorce Attorneys Catching Cheaters on Facebook

Before the explosion of social media, Ken Altshuler, a divorce lawyer in Maine, dug up dirt on his client's spouses the old-fashioned way: with private investigators...

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How Apps, Texting Can Improve Your Health

Before iPhones, Foursquare and Facebook, B.J. Fogg envisioned a mobile fitness device that coaches the user, tracks her location, and shows her friends also exercising...

Why Are Computer ­sers Still Choking on Spam?
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Why Are Computer ­sers Still Choking on Spam?

Who is actually responsible for sending spam. It might surprise many to learn that the number one source of spam is the United States, according to a new report...

'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything
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'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything

In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains...

Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices
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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices

Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.

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Study: Google-China Attack Driven by Amateurs

The computer attack which led Google to threaten leaving China and created a firestorm between Washington and Beijing appears to have been deployed by amateurs,...

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
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Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web
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An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web

The Internet used to be a place where Ken Harrenstien could do anything. The Google engineer, who has been deaf since childhood, loved the Web because he could...

Breaking Through the Language Barrier
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Breaking Through the Language Barrier

IBM and other technology firms are researching ways to translate online content. IBM's n.Fluent project is developing software designed to instantly translate...

Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers
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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers

With the coolness of a card shark at the final table of the World Series of Poker, Matt Bergin pulls the hood of his brown sweatshirt over his head and concentrates...

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At a Loss For Words? Google Offers Search By Sight

Google's first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone. On Monday, Google announced the ability...
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