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Symantec: World Has 2.2 Zettabytes of Business Data That Costs $1.1 Trillion to Store and Secure
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Symantec: World Has 2.2 Zettabytes of Business Data That Costs $1.1 Trillion to Store and Secure

Organizations globally hold approximately 2.2 zettabytes of data and spend roughly $1.1 trillion to secure and provide access to it, according to a new Symantec...

­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World
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­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World

A recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation focused on ways to enhance collaboration between commercial and...

Tech World Preps to Honor 'father of Computer Science' Alan Turing, as Centenary Nears
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Tech World Preps to Honor 'father of Computer Science' Alan Turing, as Centenary Nears

Worldwide celebrations will mark the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth on June 23. 

DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System
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DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently launched the Quiness program, which aims to demonstrate that quantum communications can generate secure...

US Sets $1.4m to Get Unique Metaphor-Recognizing Software System Humming
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US Sets $1.4m to Get Unique Metaphor-Recognizing Software System Humming

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded a $1.4 million contract to a team that plans to develop software that can automatically recognize metaphorical speech...

Ieee Fellow: Don't Expect Nfc Payments to Have a Major Mobile Impact
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Ieee Fellow: Don't Expect Nfc Payments to Have a Major Mobile Impact

Although many companies are hoping that mobile payments enabled by near-field communications technology will catch on among consumers, the technology's impact will...

Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month
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Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month

People with Linux skills and experience have a good chance of finding a Linux job, or landing a better position.  

Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders
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Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders

A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking.  

Open Source Code Libraries Seen as Rife With Vulnerabilities
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Open Source Code Libraries Seen as Rife With Vulnerabilities

Open source code libraries have a significant number of security vulnerabilities, according to an Aspect Security study that analyzed 113 million software downloads...

Ietf Explores New Working Group on Identity Management in the Cloud
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Ietf Explores New Working Group on Identity Management in the Cloud

The Internet Engineering Task Force is considering approving the Simple Cloud Identity Management scheme, which manages user identity in cloud-based applications...

New Darpa Challenge Wants ­nique Algorithms For Space Applications
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New Darpa Challenge Wants ­nique Algorithms For Space Applications

DARPA will launch the Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge on March 28, a contest that asks participants to develop unique algorithms to control small...

Tiny Linux Computer Punches Above Its Weight
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Tiny Linux Computer Punches Above Its Weight

The $25 Raspberry Pi computer could have an impact far beyond the educational sector, with early production runs showing significant demand for the technology....

Mit Takes Aim at Secure, Self-Healing Cloud
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Mit Takes Aim at Secure, Self-Healing Cloud

MIT researchers are studying how to build a cloud computing infrastructure that recognizes and eliminates a cyberattack under normal operating procedures.  

World's Most Massive Supercomputer Needed For Colossal Space Telescope
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World's Most Massive Supercomputer Needed For Colossal Space Telescope

The International Center for Radio Astronomy Research is working with the Canadian Astronomical Data Center to develop systems that will work with the Square Kilometer...

The Industrial Robot Revolution
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The Industrial Robot Revolution

A dramatic shift in how robots are made and perceived is leading to their widespread adoption and use.  

Researchers Claim 100-Fold Increase in Data Storage Speed
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Researchers Claim 100-Fold Increase in Data Storage Speed

Researchers at the universities of York and Nijmegen have developed a method for accelerating data storage hundredfold.  

Microsoft Researchers Say Anonymized Data Isn't So Anonymous
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Microsoft Researchers Say Anonymized Data Isn't So Anonymous

Data routinely gathered in Web logs, such as IP address, cookies, operating systems, browser type, and user-agent strings can threaten online privacy because they...

DARPA Set to Develop Super-Secure 'cognitive Fingerprint'
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DARPA Set to Develop Super-Secure 'cognitive Fingerprint'

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers are developing security technologies that go beyond recognizing complex passwords.  

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U.s. Losing High-Tech Jobs, R&d Dominance to Asia

U.S. companies are locating more of their research and development operations overseas, and Asian countries are rapidly increasing investments in their own science...

Microsoft Researcher: Passwords Aren't Dead But They Need Fixing
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Microsoft Researcher: Passwords Aren't Dead But They Need Fixing

Password use needs an overhaul that is driven by understanding the damage that can be done when password security is compromised, and researchers need to quantify...
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