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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'
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In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'

Yahui and Tatsuo Matsui met because of their dogs, Ai and Doggy.

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate
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Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate

Does anybody really know what time it is?

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns
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'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

By 2015, the world will have 25 billion smart thermostats, fitness bands, and other Internet-connected, data-spewing devices, according to the Federal Trade Commission...

Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff
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Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

Smartphone makers' use of technology to encrypt their devices has provoked a standoff with the U.S. government, which sees such measures as impeding law enforcement...

Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data
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Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data

Adults living in the U.S. overwhelmingly believe that the government and private companies are violating their privacy, a new survey found.

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'
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Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with...

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work
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For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of.

Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs
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Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs

The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.

New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones
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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.

Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures
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Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures

Efforts to replace passwords with better protections face an uphill battle.

Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches
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Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement...

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet
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U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus
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A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus

Billions of dollars are flowing into online advertising. But marketers also are confronting an uncomfortable reality: rampant fraud.

The Future of Brain Implants
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The Future of Brain Implants

What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant...
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