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Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
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Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...

­.s. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1
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­.s. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1

The U.S. will move forward with its plan to transfer governance of the Internet domain name system to a multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1.

­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research
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­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research.

Eu Plans $2b Investment in Cybersecurity Research
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Eu Plans $2b Investment in Cybersecurity Research

The European Union is contributing $500 million to fund research into cybersecurity, and is asking the private sector to contribute an additional $1.5 billion.

Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data
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Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data

Many of the world's top computer science experts met last week to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing...

Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure
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Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure

Online voting systems lack sufficient security to ensure accurate vote counts, but election officials could take steps to improve their security and transparency...

How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch
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How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed an easily concealable device that can deduce encryption keys by sniffing the electromagnetic leakage from a...

Google's Self-Driving Cars of Tomorrow Face the Mean Streets of Today
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Google's Self-Driving Cars of Tomorrow Face the Mean Streets of Today

Google says its self-driving cars will be good for road safety because they can pay better attention to the road than humans do. 

Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study
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Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study

A leading European human rights body warns mass Internet surveillance is a threat to basic human privacy rights and has not apparently prevented terrorist attacks...

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February
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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced it will hold a vote on new net neutrality rules during its upcoming February meeting. 

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. 

Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says
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Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says

A new study suggests Internet congestion can be a problem, but it is often intermittent and temporary. 

Estonian Electronic Voting System Vulnerable to Attacks, Researchers Say
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Estonian Electronic Voting System Vulnerable to Attacks, Researchers Say

Estonia's electronic voting system cannot guarantee fair elections because of fundamental security weaknesses and poor operations procedures.

Tech Firms Furious After Denied Full View of Government Reply to Fisa Court
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Tech Firms Furious After Denied Full View of Government Reply to Fisa Court

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn said in a court filing that the U.S. government has offered them only a "heavily redacted version" of its response...

Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year
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Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year

Defcon hacking convention organizers have asked federal government workers not to attend the event this year. 

Itu: Internet Policy Still on Agenda
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Itu: Internet Policy Still on Agenda

Intergovernmental organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union play a major role in Internet control and regulation, despite some calling for...

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.  

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...

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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