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In Mapping Eclipses, World's First Computer Maybe Also Told Fortunes
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In Mapping Eclipses, World's First Computer Maybe Also Told Fortunes

A 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets may also have had another purpose—fortune telling...

Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight
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Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies...

­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone
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­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities...

Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption
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Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption

Apple Inc  and the FBI will return to Congress next week to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices...

White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources
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White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law...

Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways
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Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways

Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event...

Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn
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Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn

The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn...

Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance
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Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Facial recognition software, scanners that detect weapons and cameras that spot nervous people are some of the technologies that could be used more widely to secure...

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'
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Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation...

Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma
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Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma

Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions...

Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content
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Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers...

Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover
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Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover

The free flow of data across the Atlantic, the lifeblood of modern business dealings, faces an uncertain future, despite a belated, high-level deal between European...

Here Come the Robots: Davos Bosses Brace For Big Technology Shocks
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Here Come the Robots: Davos Bosses Brace For Big Technology Shocks

Implantable mobile phones. 3D-printed organs for transplant. Clothes and reading-glasses connected to the Internet.

­.s. Meets Tech Leaders, Forms Task Force to Fight Online Militants
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­.s. Meets Tech Leaders, Forms Task Force to Fight Online Militants

The Obama administration on Friday sent its top national security officials to meet tech industry leaders in Silicon Valley and announced a new task force to counter...

Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car
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Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car

Chinese researchers from Nankai University have spent the last two years developing a mind-controlled car. 

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...

Nsa Says How Often, Not When, It Discloses Software Flaws
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Nsa Says How Often, Not When, It Discloses Software Flaws

The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about vulnerabilities in computer software, thereby leaving U.S. companies...

Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain
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Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain

Researchers have designed and built a new robot "dog" that can traverse rough terrain either autonomously or while controlled by a remote operator. 

Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks
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Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks

A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms...

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...
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