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Will AI ­sher in a New Era of Hacking?
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Will AI ­sher in a New Era of Hacking?

Advanced artificial intelligence systems developed to defend assets in cyberspace might be turned to malevolent purposes by cybercriminals.

Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code
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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

A Tor Project developer reports the project is enhancing its software to rapidly detect tampering to its network for the purpose of surveillance. 

Microsoft to Release Project Orleans as Open Source
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Microsoft to Release Project Orleans as Open Source

Microsoft plans to open source Project Orleans, a distributed computing research framework for building cloud services. The company will release the code under...

Facebook's Flow Could Help Javascript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs
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Facebook's Flow Could Help Javascript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

Facebook researchers have developed Flow, an open source debugging tool for JavaScript designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types. 

Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser
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Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser

On Monday, the Mozilla Foundation will launch a version of its Firefox browser that will enable developers to build Web pages and applications. 

Wi-Fi Group Acts to Simplify Peer-to-Peer Video, Printing and Other Tasks
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Wi-Fi Group Acts to Simplify Peer-to-Peer Video, Printing and Other Tasks

The Wi-Fi Alliance has unveiled four sets of mechanisms for carrying out certain tasks over Wi-Fi Direct. 

Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk
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Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk

Many Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect user data, putting the privacy of upwards of 1 billion people at risk.

R Programming Language Gains on Traditional Statistics Packages
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R Programming Language Gains on Traditional Statistics Packages

A recent survey gauging the popularity of statistical software programs found the R programming language is rapidly gaining on traditional statistics packages. 

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language
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Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language

Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a survey published by ACM. 

Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language
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Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language

PHP core developer Dmitry Stogov recently started a new branch of the language called PHP Next Generation.

Linux Foundation to Offer Introductory Linux Mooc on Edx
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Linux Foundation to Offer Introductory Linux Mooc on Edx

The Linux Foundation plans to offer a Linux development course on edX, the massive open online course platform developed by MIT and Harvard University.  

Facebook Invents a Php Virtual Machine
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Facebook Invents a Php Virtual Machine

Facebook says it has developed a virtual machine that can run the PHP Web programming language nine times as fast as PHP natively on large systems. 

Computer Scientists Oppose Oracle's Bid to Copyright Java Apis
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Computer Scientists Oppose Oracle's Bid to Copyright Java Apis

Nearly three dozen computer scientists say Oracle's plan to copyright its Java application programming interface would hinder the computer industry and limit access...

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems
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Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

North Carolina State University researchers have developed software that runs in conjunction with the Message Passing Interface, a library for splitting applications...

­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development
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­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development

Several U.S. federal agencies are embracing the collaborative model of open source software development and are releasing code back to the general public.  

IETF Starts Work on Next-Generation HTTP Standard
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IETF Starts Work on Next-Generation HTTP Standard

The Internet Engineering Task Force is working on the next generation of Hypertext Transfer Protocol, says Mark Nottingham, chairman of the IETF HTTP working group...

'flame' Malware May Have Siblings, Study Finds
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'flame' Malware May Have Siblings, Study Finds

A new Flame malware report suggests that the malware's command-and-control interface was made to manage at least four different types of malware, meaning that there...

Google Releases New Web Development Aids
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Google Releases New Web Development Aids

Google has released Leak Finder, a tool for finding memory leaks in JavaScript code and a library written in Dart for accessing popular Google APIs.  

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'
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Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'

As cloud computing becomes increasingly common, serious operational "meltdowns" could take place as end users and vendors mix, match, and bundle services for various...

Programming Languages Can't Have Copyright Protection, Eu Court Rules
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Programming Languages Can't Have Copyright Protection, Eu Court Rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the functionality of computer programs and the language they are written in cannot be protected by copyright.
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