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Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects
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Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects

Since the bombs went off in Boston's Copley Square on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department have been enlisting the public's help with what may be the world's...

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?
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As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.

Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say
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Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say

An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according...

High-Tech Designs Vie to Replace Nyc's Payphones
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High-Tech Designs Vie to Replace Nyc's Payphones


Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy
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Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy

Appearing like a retro-futuristic apparition, digitally transmitted through pneumatic tubes from a future that was but will never be, the disembodied head of Kim...

Popular Office Phones Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hack, Researchers Say
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Popular Office Phones Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hack, Researchers Say

High-tech telephones common on many workplace desks in the U.S. can be hacked and turned into eavesdropping devices, researchers at Columbia University have discovered...

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It
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There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It

The world is producing and storing data at such a rate that the day isn't far off when we will literally no longer have a proper way of describing it.

Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?
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Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?

For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans...

Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern
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Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern

The good news about voting technologyis that the upgrades put into place since the controversial 2000 presidential election have made ballot tallies twice as accurate...

U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools
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U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools

The hackers behind the cyber attacks on major U.S. banks have repeatedly disrupted online banking by using sophisticated and diverse tools that point to a carefully...

Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password
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Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password

It's been a rough year for passwords. First, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked online. Soon after, millions of passwords from eHarmony and Yahoo users...

Take a Spin on the Moon and Mars
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Take a Spin on the Moon and Mars

The death of first moonwalker Neil Armstrong and the success of NASA's Curiosity rover have reignited interest in the idea of taking a spin on the moon and Mars...

Rover Reveals More of Martian Peak
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Rover Reveals More of Martian Peak

Newly received images from NASA's Curiosity rover are filling out the high-resolution view of its surroundings at Gale Crater on Mars—and providing an up-close...

Reprogrammed Mars Rover Getting Ready to Roll
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Reprogrammed Mars Rover Getting Ready to Roll

NASA's Curiosity rover is almost fully reprogrammed for its two-year, $2.5 billion science mission on Mars, and mission managers say it should be ready to take...

Is There a Virtual Mars in Our Future?
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Is There a Virtual Mars in Our Future?

Imagine a day when virtual reality gets so good that you could take a computer-generated walk on the Martian surface, right here on Earth.

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean
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What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars...
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