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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...

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...

U.s. Researchers Show Computers Can Be Hijacked to Send Data As Sound Waves
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U.s. Researchers Show Computers Can Be Hijacked to Send Data As Sound Waves

A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send...

China to Restrict Drone, Supercomputer Exports
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China to Restrict Drone, Supercomputer Exports

China will restrict the export of drones and supercomputers from Aug. 15 to help protect national security out of fears such equipment could fall into the hands...

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. 

Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry
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Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry

The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue.

Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields
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Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields

The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in science, technology,...

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 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...

Downing North Korea's Internet Not Much of a Scalp
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Downing North Korea's Internet Not Much of a Scalp

If someone did just knock North Korea off the Internet for half a day, it wouldn't have taken much.

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.

­.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...
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