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In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity
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In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity

There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons...

Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls
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Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls

Unwanted telemarketing calls, trademarked for interrupting dinners across the nation, have become such a nuisance over the years that the Federal Trade Commission...

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
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Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild
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Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes...

Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free
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Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free

Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing...

Big Data and Its Big Problems
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Big Data and Its Big Problems

Imagine every thousandth blood cell in your body has a tiny radio transmitter in it.

Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?
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Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?

Talk in Israel of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has reached a fever pitch.

In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level
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In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level

On the subway, in doctor's waiting rooms and during college lectures, millions of Japanese can be found glued to their smartphones. But they're not texting or making...

Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked
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Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of the nation's air traffic control system.

Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses
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Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses

Drone makers and robotics manufacturers are looking for—and finding—new uses for devices that were once limited to the worlds of science and the military.

In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley
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In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley

For more than a decade the CIA has run its own venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel. It was founded in the late 1990s when the CIA was drowning in data and didn't...

A Code of Conduct, For Drones?
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A Code of Conduct, For Drones?

It's a bird. It's a plane. Actually, it's a drone. And now those unmanned aircraft, best known for being used by the U.S. to kill terrorism suspects overseas, have...

Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits
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Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits

In April 1981, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a space shuttle program meant to take astronauts, cargo, research experiments and military...

­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language
From ACM TechNews

­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language

Linguists are attempting to harness the power of crowdsourcing to help machines achieve perfect translations. 

Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer
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Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer

Future cars will have even more complex electronics and robotic-like control systems that monitor driving conditions and assist drivers, but experts say that will...

Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online
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Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online

A panel of officials says the United States is far behind in addressing cyber-security threats.  "Taking down the grid for months comes as close to a nuclear attack...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...
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