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Obama Appeals to Silicon Valley For Help with Online Anti-Extremist Campaign
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Obama Appeals to Silicon Valley For Help with Online Anti-Extremist Campaign

President Barack Obama on Sunday called on Silicon Valley to help address the threat of militant groups using social media and electronic communications to plan...

Nsa to Shut Down Bulk Phone Surveillance Program By Sunday
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Nsa to Shut Down Bulk Phone Surveillance Program By Sunday

The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted...

Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling
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Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling

U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal...

­.s. Court Rules For Government Over Nsa Metadata Collection Program
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­.s. Court Rules For Government Over Nsa Metadata Collection Program

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial...

As Tech Firms Track Your Location, Advertisers Zero In For the Sale
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As Tech Firms Track Your Location, Advertisers Zero In For the Sale

Mapping technology advancements from Google Inc and Facebook Inc that provide more precise user location data than ever before are starting to dent advertisers'...

FBI Chief Warns Encryption Emboldens Would-Be Islamic State Attackers
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FBI Chief Warns Encryption Emboldens Would-Be Islamic State Attackers

Barring law enforcement authorities' access to encrypted communications would make it easier for Islamic State sympathizers to attack the United States, FBI Chief...

China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'controllable'
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China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'controllable'

China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security...

Brain Technology Patents Soar As Companies Get Inside People's Heads
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Brain Technology Patents Soar As Companies Get Inside People's Heads

From ways to eavesdrop on brains and learn what advertisements excite consumers, to devices that alleviate depression, the number of U.S. patents awarded for "neurotechnology"...

China Says Tech Firms Have Nothing to Fear from Anti-Terror Law
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China Says Tech Firms Have Nothing to Fear from Anti-Terror Law

China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President ...

China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms
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China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms

China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors", a potential...

China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones
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China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones

China had 649 million Internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's...

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
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At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

New Smartphone App Gives Sight to the Blind
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New Smartphone App Gives Sight to the Blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the...

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google
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China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said...

Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled
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Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled

A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman...

­.s. Fda Approves 'star Wars' Robotic Arm For Amputees
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­.s. Fda Approves 'star Wars' Robotic Arm For Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple...

DDoS Cyber Attacks Get Bigger, Smarter, More Damaging
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DDoS Cyber Attacks Get Bigger, Smarter, More Damaging

Crashing websites and overwhelming data centers, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.

Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns
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Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for...

Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks
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Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks

U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers...

China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions
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China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions

China's government banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoin on Thursday, in what analysts said was a restrained first step towards regulating the digital...
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