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'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend
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'leap Second' Lengthens Weekend

The world is about to get a well-earned long weekend but don't make big plans because it will only last an extra second. A so-called "leap second" will be added...

What Is an Internet Troll?
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What Is an Internet Troll?

I'm sitting waiting for the House of Commons to start debating a Law Against Trolls or, as they would call it, an amendment to the Defamation Act. It would basically...

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'
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Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, that could allow the chip...

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The Guardian's Open 20: Fighters For Internet Freedom

From politicians and professors to computer scientists and the first programmer, champions of the open Internet.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History
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Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History

The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated...

Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site
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Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site

Government intelligence service targets "self-taught" hackers with cryptic Web site that features no obvious branding.

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Soft Robots Inspired By Nature Could Become Our Flexible Friends

Robbie the Robot in the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet may have been endearing in a clunky, metallic way, but negotiating tricky terrain was never his strong point...

Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...
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Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...

Has Android copied elements from Apple's iOS? It's not a matter that Google's senior managers for the Android operating system want to get involved in.

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Diginotar Ssl Certificate Hack Amounts to Cyberwar, Says Expert

The Dutch government says hackers who broke into a web security firm in the Netherlands last month issued hundreds of bogus security certificates that could be...

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...

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...

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Iran Detains 'Spies' As It Moves to Ease Fears Over Stuxnet Cyber Attack

Intelligence chief blames western powers for computer worm targeting nuclear systems.
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