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Arms Deal Sets Limits on Cyber Technologies
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Arms Deal Sets Limits on Cyber Technologies

Additions to the Wassenaar Arrangement will require technology companies to get permission from governments to sell a range of security and surveillance software...

Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep
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Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep

Japanese researchers have developed a robot designed to provide assistance and companionship to human astronauts who spend months working in space.

Supercomputers: Battle of the Speed Machines
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Supercomputers: Battle of the Speed Machines

China is surging ahead of the United States in the race to build the world's fastest computers. 

Ibm Eyes 'big Data' Help For Brain Injury
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Ibm Eyes 'big Data' Help For Brain Injury

Aiming to leverage big data technology for the benefit of healthcare, IBM is working with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center physicians to develop data-analysis...

Business Opportunities Come From Big Data
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Business Opportunities Come From Big Data

Big data offers vast potential to disrupt existing businesses and create new ones, but to realize its potential inexpensive storage, faster processing, smarter...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
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Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...

Quantum Chip Breakthrough to Be Unveiled
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Quantum Chip Breakthrough to Be Unveiled

University of Bristol researchers say they have developed a quantum chip that will lead to the creation of completely secure mobile phones and super-fast computers...

Robotics: Androids Close the Gap With People
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Robotics: Androids Close the Gap With People

Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro recently led ATR in developing Elfoid P1, a prototype portable tele-operated android that is designed to convey the...

Supercomputing's Exascale Arms Race
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Supercomputing's Exascale Arms Race

The United States wants to achieve exaflop speeds for supercomputing, but China, the European Union, India, Japan, and Russia also have set their sights on exascale...

Founding Father Wants Secure 'internet 2'
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Founding Father Wants Secure 'internet 2'

A new version of the Internet might be the best way to defend against cyberattacks, says Internet co-founder Vint Cerf. 

'internet of Things' Is Set to Come
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'internet of Things' Is Set to Come

Oxfam charity shops will use technology developed by a U.K. consortium to create an Internet of things this fall. 

Invasion of the Body Hackers
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Invasion of the Body Hackers

Michael Galpert rolls over in bed in his New York apartment, the alarm clock still chiming. The 28-year-old internet entrepreneur slips off the headband that’s...

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Rules of Engagement For Cyberwars See Slow Progress

Rules of cyberwar engagement are lagging behind world powers' development of their cyberwarfare capabilities.  Meanwhile, cyberwarfare funding continues to rise...

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It Will Soon Be Too Late to Stop the Cyberwars

Clearly defining cyberwar is problematic because there are various levels of cyberespionage and tactics that create uncertainty, writes Bruce Schneier.

Cerf Warns Over Address Space Squeeze
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Cerf Warns Over Address Space Squeeze

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf is raising the alarm about the effect the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses will have on the Internet. Once IPv4...

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Hackers Turn Attention to Corporate Data Theft

Financial services and professional services are the most vulnerable to information theft, with four out of 10 companies reporting some sort of loss or attack...

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Google to Map Inflation Using Web Data

Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the "Google Price Index"—a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative...

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Chinese and Saudis Lead Way in Internet Use

People in China and the Middle East are the busiest and most enthusiastic internet users, a study of the world’s online habits has revealed.

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Powerful Argument for Cutting IT Energy Consumption

Although technology is growing more and more energy efficient, more innovation is needed to offset the growing use of computers in countries such as India and China...

Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos
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Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos

Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director,...
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