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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...

Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots
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Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots

Scientists in Italy are developing "smart materials" that will enable robots to biodegrade like a human body once they have reached the end of their life span. 

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...

App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds
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App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds

Researchers at National Taiwan University Hospital have developed the Infant Cries Translator app, which can distinguish four separate crying sounds made by babies...

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. 

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...

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. 

Computer Science Now Top Major For Women at Stanford ­niversity
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Computer Science Now Top Major For Women at Stanford ­niversity

Computer science has surpassed human biology as the most popular major for female students at Stanford University.

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...

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...
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