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How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s
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How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s

From the sofa in his living room, Clinton Creason can see the electric pole outside that his father staked 70 years ago to bring power to this remote area of hilly...

They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.
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They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we've come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

The banking password may be about to expire—forever.

Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury
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Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband...

Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive
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Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

Your smartphone allows you to get almost instantaneous answers to the most obscure questions. It also allows you to waste hours scrolling through Facebook or looking...

Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules
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Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules

Europe likes to think it leads the world in protecting people’s privacy, and that is particularly true for the region’s so-called right to be forgotten.

China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
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China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential...

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
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When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill
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Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney of Manhattan, visited Washington late last month to argue his case on a pressing issue: encryption.

Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor
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Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor

For decades, the computer industry has been guided by a faith that engineers would always find a way to make the components on computer chips smaller, faster and...

Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.
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Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.

Google is a top target for European regulators and privacy watchdogs, who openly fear and distrust its dominance.

Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions
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Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions

Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world.

American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data
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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe.

­.s. Says It Has ­nlocked Iphone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit
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­.s. Says It Has ­nlocked Iphone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit

The Justice Department said Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel...

In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home
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In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

Three years ago, reeling from Edward J. Snowden’s disclosure of the government’s vast surveillance programs and uncertain how to respond, President Obama said he...

Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight
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Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight

The Obama administration argued on Thursday that "no single corporation"—even one as successful as Apple—should be allowed to flout the rule of law by refusingF...

At Rsa Conference, Unlikely Allies Address Value of Digital Security
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At Rsa Conference, Unlikely Allies Address Value of Digital Security

To Amit Yoran, a digital security veteran, the fight between Apple and the F.B.I. over access to an iPhone can be viewed in black-and-white terms: What law enforcement...

White House Officials Soften Approach at Rsa Conference
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White House Officials Soften Approach at Rsa Conference

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch joined a parade of Obama administration officials to tech's home turf on Tuesday. Their message: National security depends on...

Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88
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Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88

Clark’s computer designs built a bridge from the era of mainframe systems to personal computers.

Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack Iphone
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Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack Iphone

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar...
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