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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era
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Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission...

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show
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It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the...

N.s.a. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.s.a. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better
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Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt...

Cyberwar For Sale
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Cyberwar For Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing
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Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
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Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

Designing a Safer Battery For Smartphones (that Won't Catch Fire)
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Designing a Safer Battery For Smartphones (that Won't Catch Fire)

Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say
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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Researchers from Oxford University found that an automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to...

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target
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Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even...

The Stakes Are Rising in Google's Antitrust Fight With Europe
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The Stakes Are Rising in Google's Antitrust Fight With Europe

Google is locked in a six-year battle with Europe's antitrust officials. And the stakes for both sides are getting higher.

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices
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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory...

­.s. Tech Giants Are Investing Billions to Keep Data in Europe
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­.s. Tech Giants Are Investing Billions to Keep Data in Europe

In the battle to dominate Europe's cloud computing market, American tech giants are spending big to build up their local credibility.

Does the Messaging Service Telegram Take Privacy Too Far?
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Does the Messaging Service Telegram Take Privacy Too Far?

The encryption of digital information is considered the best protection against hackers, snoops or potential enemies looking to poke around into private exchanges...

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone
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How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location?
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