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Finalists in Microsoft's $250k Contest Take on 'most-Pressing' Exploit Tactic
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Finalists in Microsoft's $250k Contest Take on 'most-Pressing' Exploit Tactic

Microsoft announced that each of the three finalists in its $250,000 BlueHat Prize security contest came up with different solutions for blocking return-oriented...

Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet
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Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications recently launched a storage infrastructure initiative designed to support the Blue Waters supercomputer, which...

Brain Drain: Where Cobol Systems Go From Here
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Brain Drain: Where Cobol Systems Go From Here

A recent Computerworld survey of 357 IT professionals found that 46 percent of respondents are noticing a shortage of Cobol programmers, and 50 percent said the...

Researchers Can't Identify Programming Language ­sed in Duqu, Ask For Help
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Researchers Can't Identify Programming Language ­sed in Duqu, Ask For Help

A large portion of the Duqu Trojan was written in an unusual programming language, according to malware experts at Kaspersky Lab.  

W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web
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W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe says HTML5 will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.  

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IBM Touts Quantum Computing Breakthrough

IBM scientists say they achieved a major advance in quantum computing that will enable engineers to start creating a full-scale quantum computer.  

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Fbi Seeks Social Media Monitoring Tool

The goal is to use the tool to keep on top of breaking events, incidents and emerging threats, the agency said in a recent Request for Information  from IT vendors...

Researchers Crack Online Encryption System
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Researchers Crack Online Encryption System

An online encryption technique widely used to safeguard email, e-commerce, and other sensitive Internet transactions is crackable, according to a study by U.S....

Weave Open Source Data Visualization Offers Power, Flexibility
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Weave Open Source Data Visualization Offers Power, Flexibility

The open source Weave project is a platform designed to make it easier for government agencies, nonprofits, and corporate users to offer the public a way to analyze...

H-1b Workers Are Better Paid, More Educated, Study Finds
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H-1b Workers Are Better Paid, More Educated, Study Finds

The average annual earnings of H-1B workers are about 10 percent higher than the average annual earnings of U.S. workers, after adjustments for age, occupation...

Car Control Software Chaos Revealed in Major Safety Study
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Car Control Software Chaos Revealed in Major Safety Study

While automated software control systems are increasingly being used in vehicles, safety authorities do not have enough expertise to measure or regulate them, according...

Google's Marissa Mayer Says More Women Needed in Tech
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Google's Marissa Mayer Says More Women Needed in Tech

Despite recent advances by women in high-tech fields, there is still much room for growth, according to a group of female tech executives speaking at the recent...

­.S. Report Sees Perils to America's Tech Future
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­.S. Report Sees Perils to America's Tech Future

A Department of Commerce report warns that certain aspects of the U.S. economy are losing their competitive edge. "Our ability to innovate as a nation will determine...

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Feds Launch 'healthy App Challenge'

The ONC has partnered with the U.S. Surgeon General to launch the Healthy App Challenge, which invites developers to submit health, wellness, and fitness apps that...

U.s. Tech Employment Nears Its All-Time High
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U.s. Tech Employment Nears Its All-Time High

The U.S. technology industry added 7,100 jobs in November, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the TechServe Alliance. The increase raises...

Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?
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Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?

Although Apple has pioneered the mainstream multitouch user interface (UI), Microsoft could provide the next major UI breakthrough by combining voice, touch, and...

A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution
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A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

In an interview, Frederico Faggin, who led the design and development of the first microprocessor in 1970, says he sees a future in which quantum and cognitive...

Five Reasons the ­.s. Tech Lead Is in Danger
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Five Reasons the ­.s. Tech Lead Is in Danger

The United States is falling behind other countries in the race to build the next generation of supercomputers. 

This Year's H-1b Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace
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This Year's H-1b Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace

The annual H-1B cap has been reached two months ahead of last year's pace, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Nov. 23. 

Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech
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Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

Peter Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, recently spoke with Computerworld...
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