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How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic
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How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic

"In the early morning hours of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight AF 447, with 228 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared during stormy weather over the Atlantic...

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage
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How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers for industrial espionage, accusing them of leading attacks on the computers...

Do We Need Asimov's Laws?
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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots...

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

Pay with Your Fingerprint
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Pay with Your Fingerprint

Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple's iTunes store.

Spinoffs from Spyland
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Spinoffs from Spyland

It takes more than a little tradecraft to spin off a startup from the National Security Agency.

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do

Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.

Marginally ­seful
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Marginally ­seful

Bitcoin, a purely digital currency, is backed by no commodity and governed by no central bank, but it exists because a small number of humans have chosen to believe...

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
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Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?

Not Ok, Glass
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Not Ok, Glass

PlaceAvoider is software that uses computer-vision techniques to identify potentially confidential or embarrassing pictures taken with new devices such as Google...

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
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How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.

How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone
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How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

Location is a key indicator of personal travel patterns and habits.

Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players
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Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players

Eight former pro football players learned this year that they have signs of a degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition...

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance
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Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance

The recent leaks of U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs could inspire authoritarian governments in developing economies to boost NSA-style...

Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers
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Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers

You've just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes.

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)
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Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)

Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
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Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and...

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
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The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.
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