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Survey: Broadband Growth Slowing in the US

Broadband adoption in the United States is slowing, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The number of U.S. residents with broadband Internet service...

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Turning the World Into a Sensor Network

Try to imagine a "world littered with trillions" of wireless sensors. Now try to imagine the problems getting even a few thousand of them to work together in...

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Researchers ­nsheathe New Tool to Battle Botnets

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a method to use a botnet's own technology to defeat it. 

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Java Supplants IT Security as Most Sought-After Tech Skill Set, Survey Finds

Java/J2EE has become the most difficult skill set and position to fill, according to a new Dice.com survey. Java development has supplanted IT security and virtualization...

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Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers

DARPA announced an initiative to realize a quintillion calculations/second computer to "meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher...

Archive Project Will Digitize Wwii Enigma Messages
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Archive Project Will Digitize Wwii Enigma Messages

British historians have launched a project to digitize messages intercepted from Germany's Enigma machine during World War II. The encrypted messages were decoded...

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Commerce Department Scrutinizes Internet Privacy

The U.S. Commerce Department and various government agencies are creating an Internet Policy Task Force to examine policy frameworks and ways in which the "challenges...

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High-Tech Employment Grows

U.S. employment rose for three high-tech job categories in 2010's first quarter, according to IEEE-USA, citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Mit Researchers Boost Efficiency of Wireless Power

Wireless power transmission systems become increasingly efficient as more devices are being powered, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of...

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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

Enrollment in undergraduate computer science courses is at an all-time high at colleges nationwide. But this trend that's been hailed by the U.S. tech industry...

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Steganography Discovery Could Help Data Thieves, But Also Improve Radar, Sonograms

The technology for instruments used to see through fog also could be used for optical steganography, according to a team of researchers at Princeton University. ...

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U.s. One Step Closer to Cyber Guards For Nation's Electric Grid

The bidding for a National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization that would shield the U.S. electrical grid from cyberattacks was officially opened up by...

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Silicon Cockroaches, 'dirty' Ipv4 Addresses and Other Internet Oddities

A few surprising Internet trends were detailed at the recent IETF conference, including an expected flood of silicon cockroaches—Internet-linked devices that run...

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Hurdles Multiply For H-1b Seekers

U.S. government efforts to enforce H-1B visa rules could reduce the demand for the 65,000 available visas for fiscal year 2011, for which applicants could petition...

Researchers Sound Alarm on Web App 'side Channel' Data Leaks
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Researchers Sound Alarm on Web App 'side Channel' Data Leaks

Researchers who have tested the security of popular online tax, health, investing, and search sites report that the Web applications are becoming more vulnerable...

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Can the Iphone Save Higher Education?

Abilene Christian University's Mobile Learning project seeks to evaluate the potential of personal digital devices and social networks to transform teaching and...

Gender Discrimination Linked to Poor Project Management
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Gender Discrimination Linked to Poor Project Management

A new Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology report suggests that technically oriented women may face gender discrimination in their jobs at high-tech firms...

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Pushing For Software Quality Assurance

In a recent Journal of Computer Science research article, "Resistance Factors in the Implementation of Software Process Improvement Project in Malaysia," the authors...

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Intel Experimental Processor Adapts to Environmental Challenges on the Fly

Intel has created a microprocessor that is capable of delivering its specified throughput without requiring any reserve cycles to account for dips in power, changes...

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Nsf Earmarks $30m For Game-Changing Internet Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $30 million across two to four projects to redesign the Internet via new security, reliability, and collaborative...
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