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Hacker Rattles Security Circles
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Hacker Rattles Security Circles

He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and despises dissidents in his country.

Industry Tries to Streamline Privacy Policies For Mobile ­sers
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Industry Tries to Streamline Privacy Policies For Mobile ­sers

As concerns grow over data collection, including proposed legislation to more closely protect consumers, mobile applications developers are building basic privacy...

On Its Own, Europe Backs Web Privacy Fights
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On Its Own, Europe Backs Web Privacy Fights

European regulators are increasingly embracing the concept of giving people the right to be forgotten on the Web by providing them with greater control over their...

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Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Social Networkers

The Pentagon is developing plans to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as both a resource and a weapon in future conflicts. Its research and...

Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?
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Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?

Mike Nichols has a poster on his office wall. It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible...

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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

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Decoding Your Email Personality

Imagine, if you will, a young Mark Zuckerberg circa 2003, tapping out mail messages from his Harvard dorm room. It's a safe bet he never would have guessed that...

Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
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Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees...

Google Looks For the Next Google
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Google Looks For the Next Google

Google thinks it can be young and crazy again. And it is betting $200 million that it is right.

In Search of a Robot More Like ­S
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In Search of a Robot More Like ­S

The robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks often begins speeches by reaching into his pocket, fiddling with some loose change, finding a quarter, pulling it out and twirling...

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Hackers Select a New Target: Other Hackers

The hackers, calling themselves the A-Team, assembled a trove of private information and put it online for all to see: names, aliases, addresses, phone numbers...

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Tamper-Proof Internet Security System Begins

A small group of Internet security specialists gathered in Singapore last week to start up a global system to make email and e-commerce more secure, end the proliferation...

A Start-Up
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A Start-Up

With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.

Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
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Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone

Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived. Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.

F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds
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F.b.i. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household...

Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry
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Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry

Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system—but the front door wasn’t locked tight.

Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus
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Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus

When Keila Fong arrived at Yale, she had never given much thought to computer science. But then last year everyone on campus started talking about the film "The...

­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
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­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments...

The First Computer Musician
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The First Computer Musician

In 1957 a 30-year-old engineer named Max Mathews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, to generate 17 seconds...

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How Drudge Has Stayed on Top

For most big news Web sites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in www.latimes...
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