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Google Patents Tech to Serve Ads Based on Background Noise
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Google Patents Tech to Serve Ads Based on Background Noise

Google has received a patent for technology that would enable it to deliver advertising based on what it calls "environment conditions."  

Cryptography Pioneer: We Need Good Code
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Cryptography Pioneer: We Need Good Code

Whitfield Diffie, a pioneer of public-key cryptography, told the recent Black Hat Europe conference that a good plan to secure software is needed in the age of...

Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release
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Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release

A functional prototype of the Global Square, a social network collaboration platform for activists, will be available by March.  

Nsa Releases a Security-Enhanced Version of Android
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Nsa Releases a Security-Enhanced Version of Android

The U.S. National Security Agency has released a security-enhanced version of Android. SE Android enforces stricter access control policies than those available...

Five Open Source Technologies For 2012
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Five Open Source Technologies For 2012

Five open source projects could become the basis for new businesses and industries in 2012. 

Usenix: Dartmouth Updating Diff, Grep Unix Tools
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Usenix: Dartmouth Updating Diff, Grep Unix Tools

Dartmouth University researchers are updating the grep and diff Unix command line-based text analysis tools available in all Linux and Unix distributions to handle...

Obfuscated Code Contest Returns
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Obfuscated Code Contest Returns

The International Obfuscated C Code Contest recently launched a challenge for the first time in five years, asking participants to write bizarre and unnecessarily...

German Court Rules Users Can Modify Free Software
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German Court Rules Users Can Modify Free Software

Advocates of free software are hailing a decision by a German court to prevent a DSL router vendor from blocking a software maker from altering the device's Linux...

Researchers Defeat CAPTCHA on Popular Web Sites
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Researchers Defeat CAPTCHA on Popular Web Sites

Stanford University researchers have developed an automated tool that can decipher Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs)...

Google Launches Dart as a Javascript Killer
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Google Launches Dart as a Javascript Killer

Google announced the launch of a preview version of Dart, an object-oriented Web programming language that has capabilities that resemble those of JavaScript but...

Nsa Extends Label-Based Security to Big Data Stores
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Nsa Extends Label-Based Security to Big Data Stores

The National Security Agency recently submitted Accumulo, new label-based data store software, to the Apache Software Foundation, hoping that more parties will...

'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands
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'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands

Cornell University professor Noah Snavely is leading an effort to develop a "global camera," software that mines pictures from Flickr and combines them to create...

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Ibm Speeds Storage With Flash: 10b Files in 43 Minutes

IBM researchers have created a data storage system that can scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes, using flash memory to store the metadata, which the storage system...

Xbrl Group Offers Cash Prize For Open Source Tools
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Xbrl Group Offers Cash Prize For Open Source Tools

XBRL U.S. has created a competition to encourage the development of better tools that work with the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) standard for financial...

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Google Builds Developer Tool to Flag Web App Vulnerabilities

Google has released DOM Snitch, an experimental extension for its Chrome browser that enables developers to scan Web applications and flag code that could be exploited...

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Planetlab Creates a More Advanced Sudo

A new program from Princeton University stands to give data center administrators far greater control over what end users can and cannot access on a computer. 

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Researchers Develop 3D Graphics Capability For Firefox

Researchers have incorporated faster software for generating three-dimensional (3D) images into Firefox and plan to release the modified version of the browser...

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Ibm Speeds ­p Data Analysis With New Algorithm

Researchers at IBM's laboratories in Zurich have developed a new algorithm that can sort, correlate, and analyze millions of random data sets in minutes. 

New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql
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New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql

SpringSource recently released version 1.7 of Groovy, a dynamically compiled computer language that runs on Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine (JVM). By running...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
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Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 
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