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Brain-Computer Link Enables Paralyzed California Man to Walk
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Brain-Computer Link Enables Paralyzed California Man to Walk

A brain-to-computer technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury to become...

­.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...

Car Dashboards That Act Like Smart Phones Raise Safety Issues
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Car Dashboards That Act Like Smart Phones Raise Safety Issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them.

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"...

The Path to a Wearable Future Lies in Academia
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The Path to a Wearable Future Lies in Academia

Many of the innovative products now available to consumers are based on technologies developed in academic laboratories years ago. 

Silicon Valley Debate on Self-Driving Cars: Do You Need a Map?
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Silicon Valley Debate on Self-Driving Cars: Do You Need a Map?

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map.

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...

­.s. Government Probes Medical Devices For Possible Cyber Flaws
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­.s. Government Probes Medical Devices For Possible Cyber Flaws

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that...

­.s. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber
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­.s. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up...

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...

Cars that Drive Themselves Starting to Chat with Each Other
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Cars that Drive Themselves Starting to Chat with Each Other

An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached.

Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert
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Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert

In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.

Hacker Says to Show Passenger Jets at Risk of Cyber Attack
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Hacker Says to Show Passenger Jets at Risk of Cyber Attack

Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight...

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...

Mastercard Expects Big Growth from 'big Data' Insights
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Mastercard Expects Big Growth from 'big Data' Insights

MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest debit and credit card company, sees business booming from selling data to retailers, banks, and governments on spending...

Google Hopes Test Drives Steer Americans to Embrace Its Robot Cars
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Google Hopes Test Drives Steer Americans to Embrace Its Robot Cars

Google this week embarked on its most concerted effort to provide an up-close look at its self-driving cars. 
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