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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out
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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem.

When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash—or Threats
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When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash—or Threats

To hack or not to hack?

Can Google Build a Typeface to Support Every Written Language?
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Can Google Build a Typeface to Support Every Written Language?

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects—digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars.

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior
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Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior

For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists...

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone
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Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
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Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat
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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat

A growing number of companies are under pressure to protect sensitive data—and not just from hackers lurking outside the digital walls.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
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The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet
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Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet

The average computer user with an Internet connection has access to an amazing wealth of information. But there's also an entire world that's invisible to your...

What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors
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What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

The U.S. needs more cyber warriors, and it needs them fast, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.
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Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack
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While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.s. Credit Card Security Lags
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Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.s. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target.

Who Has the Right to Know Where Your Phone Has Been?
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Who Has the Right to Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go.

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
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­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression
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Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression

Earlier this month, major credit card processors including MasterCard, Visa, and America Express announced they would stop processing payments to websites that...

3D Printing a Masterwork For Your Living Room
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3D Printing a Masterwork For Your Living Room

You may never be able to get to Italy to see Michelangelo's David—but advances in 3D printing technology are making it possible for you to create an almost perfect...

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?
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Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Science fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do.

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...
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