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Iran Readies Domestic Internet System, Blocks Google

Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the...

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Insiders Suspected in Saudi Cyber Attack

One or more insiders with high-level access are suspected of assisting the hackers who damaged some 30,000 computers at Saudi Arabia's national oil company last...

From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?
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From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?

In a pre-iPhone age, mobile phones came in all shapes and sizes. Remember the clamshell, candy bar, swivel, backflip, slider, dual-slider, lipstick, and, of course...

Experts Hope to Shield Cars from Computer Viruses
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Experts Hope to Shield Cars from Computer Viruses

A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable...

Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War
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Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War

On Sunday, it was a hijacked Reuters Twitter feed trying to create the impression of a rebel collapse in Aleppo. On Monday, it was another account purporting to...

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle
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Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Anand Shimpi is one of the most influential tech industry figures you've never heard of.

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers
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Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers

In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect that trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian...

Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code
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Indian Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code

Indian researchers are developing computer models that could help predict the erratic movements of monsoons.  

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets
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The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction...

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In Modern Scandal, an Email Is Forever

When ousted Barclays CEO Bob Diamond says he felt "physically ill" reading emails of his traders crowing over interest rate manipulation, he is almost certainly...

U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity
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U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity

The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Americans that the National Security Agency would...

Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate
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Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate

An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including .app, .blog, and .web...

Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros
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Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros

Leading cyber experts warned of a shortage of talented computer security experts in the United States, making it difficult to protect corporate and government networks...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Icann to Notify Domain Applicants of Data Breaches
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Icann to Notify Domain Applicants of Data Breaches

ICANN announced that it will notify all companies who were affected by the recent data breach in the top-level domain Applicant System that allowed other applicants...

Protests Erupt Across Europe Against Web Piracy Treaty
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Protests Erupt Across Europe Against Web Piracy Treaty

More than 25,000 demonstrators recently took part in protests across Europe against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial international anti-piracy...

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'cyberspace Requires a World-Class Cyber Warrior'

With growing worries about the threat of "cyber warfare," militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central...

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Russia Blames Mars Probe Failure on Space Radiation

Russia blamed radiation on Tuesday for a computer glitch that doomed its Mars moon mission, but space industry experts cast doubt on the findings of an investigation...

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Stuxnet Weapon Has at Least 4 Cousins: Researchers

The Stuxnet virus that damaged Iran's nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007...

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China Tops ­.s., Japan to Become Top Patent Filer

China became the world's top patent filer in 2011, surpassing the U.S. and Japan as it steps up innovation to improve its intellectual property rights track record...
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