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Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns
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Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for...

Fbi Warns Retailers to Expect More Credit Card Breaches
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Fbi Warns Retailers to Expect More Credit Card Breaches

The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious...

Academics Devise Formula to Gauge How Well ­.s. Regulators Listen
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Academics Devise Formula to Gauge How Well ­.s. Regulators Listen

RegRank is an algorithm that measures how well public feedback is received and incorporated into the rules for Wall Street traders. 

Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks
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Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks

U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers...

China Bitcoin Arbitrage Ends As Traders Work Around Capital Controls
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China Bitcoin Arbitrage Ends As Traders Work Around Capital Controls

The price gap between bitcoins trading in Chinese yuan and those sold for other currencies has evaporated in recent days, highlighting the porous nature of China's...

Supreme Court to Decide on Patent Protections For Software
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Supreme Court to Decide on Patent Protections For Software

The Supreme Court agreed last Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched...

China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions
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China Bars Banks from Bitcoin Transactions

China's government banned financial institutions from trading in bitcoin on Thursday, in what analysts said was a restrained first step towards regulating the digital...

Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles
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Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles

As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate...

Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante
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Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante

Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago...

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack
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Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack

In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive...

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Big Data Heralds Return of the Cray Supercomputer

"Big data" means big computers, and good news for Cray Inc.

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

The increasing in cybercrime has created a growing need for cybersecurity specialists, but demand far outpaces the number of those qualified to do the job.

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.

Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm
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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm

Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it...

Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom
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Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom

Asia's new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi...

Tiny Recon Robots Herald New Generation of Drones
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Tiny Recon Robots Herald New Generation of Drones

Ex-U.S. Marine Ernest Langdon pulls a pin and throws a small black object onto the ground. But it doesn't explode.

Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream
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Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream

By adding a fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc. is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a future where your favorite gadget might become a biometric...

Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market
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Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market

The spoiler popped up automatically when the speedometer of the new Audi RS7 Sportback moved past 130 kilometers an hour on Charles Bridge in central Prague, creating...

Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access
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Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access

The U.S. National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent...

Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers
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Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers

The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private...
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