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Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries
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Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries

If you've ever run a business, whether it's an ice cream shop or a Fortune 500 company, then you've probably kept a ledger.

Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It
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Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It

When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Iraq for a surprise visit this week, he came armed with this news: More than 200 additional U.S. troops are headed...

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma
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Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Ken Yeh is the director of technology at Ontario Christian Schools, a private K-12 school near Los Angeles with about 100 children per grade.

At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History
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At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History

Underlying the debate over Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is the idea that cellphones hold the most...

Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones
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Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones

Clear Channel Outdoor—one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.—is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world...

In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding
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In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding

The Justice Department wants Apple to write special software to help it break into the iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terrorists.

Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready to Take Over?
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Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready to Take Over?

The day when you'll be chauffeured to work by your car may not be far off.

China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions
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China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions

Heads of state, including the prime ministers of Pakistan and Russia, and major technology firms will gather Wednesday in Wuzhen, a picturesque little town of canals...

What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?
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What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?

After the recent attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and...

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body
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A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.

Could Your Social Media Footprint Step On Your Credit History?
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Could Your Social Media Footprint Step On Your Credit History?

In December 1912, financier John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan testified in Washington before the Bank and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives investigating...

It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles
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It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

Lawmakers want to know more about Volkswagen's massive cheat—how the automaker used software to crank up the power on a vehicle, and then hide the fact.

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies
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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Diy Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law
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Diy Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law

The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical...

Getting 'physical' and Emotional in Virtual Reality
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Getting 'physical' and Emotional in Virtual Reality

If you think about virtual reality, you probably think of it as the place where gamers don an Oculus headset and go shoot up enemies in 3D or travel space.

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans...

Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers
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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Passwords get hacked—a lot.

After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge
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After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency would love to have working for it.

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.
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