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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.  

Researchers Layer an Electronic Junction Into Optical Fiber
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Researchers Layer an Electronic Junction Into Optical Fiber

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed a method for embedding an electronic junction into optical fiber, which could lead to more streamlined...

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. 

Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data
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Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data

Japan's Digital Grid Consortium plans to develop large-scale energy grids that can handle power the way the Internet handles data, using routers and service providers...

Senators, Critics Question Icann's Generic Tld Plan
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Senators, Critics Question Icann's Generic Tld Plan

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' plan to introduce hundreds of new generic top-level domains next year may be moving too fast, said U.S....

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...

Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine
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Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

The organizers of the YaCy free software project hope to one day replace centrally run search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. 

EFF Proposes New Method to Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure
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EFF Proposes New Method to Strengthen Public Key Infrastructure

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has proposed an extension to the current Secure Sockets Layer chain of trust that aims to improve the security of HTTPS and other...

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...

China to Build More Supercomputers With Homegrown Chips
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China to Build More Supercomputers With Homegrown Chips

China will rely less on chips made by foreign companies for its supercomputers over the next five years, says the National Supercomputer Center's Pan Jingshan.

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)...

Ibm's Watson Edges Harvard Students in 'jeopardy!' Quiz
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Ibm's Watson Edges Harvard Students in 'jeopardy!' Quiz

IBM's Watson supercomputer recently defeated teams of students from Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management...

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...

U.s., Russia Slowly Improve Cybersecurity Cooperation
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U.s., Russia Slowly Improve Cybersecurity Cooperation

Cooperation between the United States and Russia on cybersecurity issues is gradually improving, as indicated by increasing interaction between experts at events...

Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell
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Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell

Intel recently demonstrated Claremont, an experimental low-power processor the size of a postage stamp that could run PCs using solar power by dropping energy consumption...

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...

Ibm's Futuristic Storage Aims For Speed, Density
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Ibm's Futuristic Storage Aims For Speed, Density

IBM is developing super-fast, super-dense storage media that could be available within 10 years. 

'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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