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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...

­.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...

Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'
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Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'

While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency...

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.

Nato Agrees Cyber Attack Could Trigger Military Response
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Nato Agrees Cyber Attack Could Trigger Military Response

NATO leaders agreed on Friday that a large-scale cyber attack on a member country could be considered an attack on the entire U.S.-led alliance, potentially triggering...

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...

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...

Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court
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Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.

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...

­.s. Companies Seek Cyber Experts For Top Jobs, Board Seats
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­.s. Companies Seek Cyber Experts For Top Jobs, Board Seats

Some of the largest U.S. companies are looking to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and bring technologists on to their boards, a sign that...

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. 

­.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...

Do-It-Yourselfers Inspire Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley
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Do-It-Yourselfers Inspire Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley

New high-tech, affordable manufacturing tools and new sources of funding are helping launch a generation of entrepreneurs and laying the basis for a hardware renaissance...
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