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MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers
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MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers

Intelligence agency asked to crack encrypted messages—especially on BlackBerry Messenger—to help police.

David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media
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David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media

David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites, such as...

Police to Track Rioters Who Used Blackberrys
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Police to Track Rioters Who Used Blackberrys

Police investigating those responsible for the London riots will be able to track down and arrest them based on their BlackBerry Messenger communication with...

Bitcoin: The Hacker Currency That's Taking Over the Web
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Bitcoin: The Hacker Currency That's Taking Over the Web

Global, private and untraceable, it's the monetary system of choice for libertarians, geeks, businesspeople, and, apparently, drug kingpins.

Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack
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Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack

Sony's deputy president about the PlayStation Network hack, PS Vita and PS3's enduring appeal.

Stuxnet Attack Forced Britain to Rethink the Cyber War
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Stuxnet Attack Forced Britain to Rethink the Cyber War

The pieces of the puzzle began to take shape, and then fall into place, on 17 June last year, when Sergey Ulasen was emailed by a dealer in Tehran about an irritating...

Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech
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Eric Schmidt: Anti-Piracy Laws Would Be Disaster For Free Speech

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned on Wednesday that government plans to block access to illicit filesharing websites could set a "disastrous precedent"...

Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?
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Where Will Larry Page Lead Google?

In the 10 years since the last time Larry Page was Google's chief executive, the company has changed a bit. It has gone from an ambitious startup to a publicly...

Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test
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Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test

Fifa's plans to introduce goal-line technology have suffered a setback after every one of the 10 companies which took part in trials last week failed to meet...

China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'
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China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'

China's ministry of health has banned the use of electric shock treatment to cure Internet addiction. The move follows growing concern in the country about young...
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