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'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...

Emv Flaw Allows 'pre-Play' Attacks on Chip-Enabled Payment Cards
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Emv Flaw Allows 'pre-Play' Attacks on Chip-Enabled Payment Cards

University of Cambridge researchers have found that many automated teller machines and point of sale terminals do not properly generate random numbers, as required...

ICANN Expects gTLD Applications Processing to Start December
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ICANN Expects gTLD Applications Processing to Start December

ICANN expects to implement a new batching process for generic top-level domains by December.  

Swiss Scientists Develop Algorithm to Sniff Out the Source of Malware and Spam Attacks
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Swiss Scientists Develop Algorithm to Sniff Out the Source of Malware and Spam Attacks

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can find the source of a computer virus, malware, or spam attack by checking only a small percentage of connections...

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.  

Super Wi-Fi Network Eyed For Rural College Towns
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Super Wi-Fi Network Eyed For Rural College Towns

AIR.U, a consortium of higher education associations, public interest groups, and technology companies, has launched an effort to bring more super Wi-Fi broadband...

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...

Researchers Predict Advent of 'resource-as-a-Service' Clouds
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Researchers Predict Advent of 'resource-as-a-Service' Clouds

The cloud model of rented virtualized servers and storage on demand could be sold in a much more efficient and granular manner, with specific resources rented for...

Cisco: Global 'net Traffic to Surpass 1 Zettabyte in 2016
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Cisco: Global 'net Traffic to Surpass 1 Zettabyte in 2016

Global Internet Protocol traffic will reach an annual rate of 1.3 zettabytes in 2016, predicts Cisco Systems.  

Study: Facebook Relies on Good Design to Retain Users
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Study: Facebook Relies on Good Design to Retain Users

University of Washington graduate student Parmit Chilana recently interviewed Facebook engineers and design specialists to learn how they develop and deploy new...

Facebook's Open Source Data Center Project Gains Industry Support
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Facebook's Open Source Data Center Project Gains Industry Support

Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, Fidelity, Quanta, Tencent, Salesforce.com, VMware, Canonical, and Supermicro have joined Facebook's Open Compute Project...

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.

It Engineers Ponder Fix to Dangerous Internet Routing Problem
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It Engineers Ponder Fix to Dangerous Internet Routing Problem

Information technology engineers have been studying methods for fixing a weakness in the Internet's routing system known as the Border Gateway Protocol, which can...

Open Source Hardware Movement Seeks Legitimacy
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Open Source Hardware Movement Seeks Legitimacy

A group of technologists recently established the Open Source Hardware Association to promote the creation and sharing of hardware or electronic designs.

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...

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Science: Too Many Connections Weakens Networks

University of California, Davis researchers have found that when it comes to linking together networks or other systems, it is best to have many, but not too many...

Ibm's Molecular Images May Help Nanoscale Circuits
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Ibm's Molecular Images May Help Nanoscale Circuits

IBM researchers have succeeded in imaging how charge is distributed inside a single molecule, a breakthrough that could lead to nanometer-scale circuits.  

Intel Ponders Solar-Powered CP­ Tech in Graphics, Memory
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Intel Ponders Solar-Powered CP­ Tech in Graphics, Memory

Intel is working to extend its experimental solar-powered processor technology to hardware such as graphics processors, memory, and floating point units.

IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners
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IBM Says Future Computers Will Be Constant Learners

Tomorrow's computers will constantly improve their understanding of the data they work with, which will help them provide users with more appropriate information...
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