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Human Weakness in Cybersecurity
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Human Weakness in Cybersecurity

The Joint Chiefs of Staff unclassified email system is now back online, after having been down for more than two weeks, following a breach that some officials have...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

Study: Swedish Boys Are Learning English From World of Warcraft
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Study: Swedish Boys Are Learning English From World of Warcraft

Swedish children, especially boys, may be learning more English during a late-night Minecraft session than from struggling through hours of homework.

What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?
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What Do Data Brokers Know About Me?

I once ran into a friend and her husband at the playground in our neighborhood in Manhattan.

The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was
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The Weirdest Thing About the Apple Security Bug Is How Simple It Was

So for the past 18 months, there has been a horrific security hole in many of Apple's products that has allowed "man in the middle" attacks on supposedly secure...

Virtual Worlds Are Real
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Virtual Worlds Are Real

Ever since virtual worlds and online games emerged in the mainstream consciousness around 2005, the media has insisted on framing them as escapist fantasies.

Can You Hack It?
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Can You Hack It?

Wherever you're sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you.

Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular
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Former Nsa Chief on Latest Leaked Dragnet Spy Program: It's Real, and It's Spectacular

Does the NSA really operate a vast database that allows its analysts to sift through millions of records showing nearly everything a user does on the Internet,...

The Mooc That Roared
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The Mooc That Roared

Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It's offering a new master's degree in computer...

New York City's New Hot Address: .nyc
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New York City's New Hot Address: .nyc

Say you live in New York City and you're just itching to find an obscure gift for that geek in your life who has everything.

Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of
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Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Never trust gadget-makers’ claims about battery life.

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now
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We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Will Bitcoins Make Me Rich?
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Will Bitcoins Make Me Rich?

Let me begin this column with a lengthy disclosure. One morning last week, I stopped at my bank, filled out a withdrawal slip for $1,027.51, and walked away with...

It's Like They’re Reading My Mind
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It's Like They’re Reading My Mind

Whether it's our location, contact lists, calendars, photo albums, or search requests, app developers, advertising companies, and other tech firms are scrambling...

Mind Plus Machine
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Mind Plus Machine

Behind a locked door in a white-walled basement in a research building in Tempe, Ariz., a monkey sits stone-still in a chair, eyes locked on a computer screen.

The Art of Cyberwar
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The Art of Cyberwar

The New York Times’ front-page report last week that the Chinese army is hacking into America's most sensitive computer networks from a 12-story building outside...

Phreaks and Geeks
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Phreaks and Geeks

One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.

How Google's Jeff Dean Became the Chuck Norris of the Internet
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How Google's Jeff Dean Became the Chuck Norris of the Internet

"The speed of light in a vacuum used to be about 35 mph. Then Jeff Dean spent a weekend optimizing physics."—Jeff Dean Facts

Cyberwar's Gray Market
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Cyberwar's Gray Market

Behind computer screens from France to Fort Worth, Texas, elite hackers hunt for security vulnerabilities worth thousands of dollars on a secretive unregulated...

How To Charge Your Laptop
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How To Charge Your Laptop

Whether they're in our computers, cell phones, or cars, the only time we think about batteries is when they're almost dead and we need to find some place to charge...
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