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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time
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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time

A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants...

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets
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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit
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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Four black brick towers search upwards to an empty grey sky.

Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World
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Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails
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NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails

The U.S. National Security Agency has performed warrantless searches of its databases to obtain data from Americans' phone calls and emails. 

A 'babelfish' Could Be the Web's Next Big Thing, Says AI Expert
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A 'babelfish' Could Be the Web's Next Big Thing, Says AI Expert

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt thinks automatic real-time machine translation could be possible within 25 years.

Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security
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Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security

In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los Angeles just a mile or two from LAX international airport, 20 people wait in a...

Are the Robots About to Rise?
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Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?
From ACM Opinion

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?

Google is predicting a generation of screenless computing devices that rely on voice recognition, a senior engineer has said, emphasising that the company encrypts...

Google: 'where Will Future Quantum Computer Scientists Come From? Our Best Guess: Minecraft'
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Google: 'where Will Future Quantum Computer Scientists Come From? Our Best Guess: Minecraft'

Google is hoping to inspire children's interest in quantum computing by using one of their favourite digital pastimes: Minecraft.

Got a Kickstarter Project? This Man Can Predict Within Four Hours If It Will Fail
From ACM TechNews

Got a Kickstarter Project? This Man Can Predict Within Four Hours If It Will Fail

Researchers have developed a method of predicting whether a Kickstarter project will succeed within four hours of its launch, with 76-percent accuracy. 

Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser
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Grand Theft Auto 5: Inside the Creative Process with Dan Houser

We're four days away now. After a year of pre-publicity and a five-year wait since GTA IV, the latest instalment in Rockstar's gangland opus is almost upon us.

DARPA Robotics Challenge: The Search For the Perfect Robot Soldier
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DARPA Robotics Challenge: The Search For the Perfect Robot Soldier

The Atlas robot looks something out of the post-apocalyptic future, or maybe a Will Smith blockbuster. It's a 330lb cyborg with eerily human-like hands and a head...

Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily
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Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers,...

Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?
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Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really...

Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World
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Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World

Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency—worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing.

Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'
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Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'

YouTube has a billion unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month, equivalent to one out of every two people on the Internet—and the generationsmartphones...

Princess Leia Hologram Could Become Reality
From ACM News

Princess Leia Hologram Could Become Reality

Scientists have created a glasses-free, 3D display that could mimic the famous hologram projection of Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars film.

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm
From ACM News

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social...
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