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Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know
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Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know

There's the war on terrorism, and then there's the war on how to fight the war on terrorism.

Artificial Intelligence Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge ­niversity
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Artificial Intelligence Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge ­niversity

A new center to study the implications of artificial intelligence and try to influence its ethical development has been established at the U.K.'s Cambridge University...

Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone
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Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone

In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to...

Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'
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Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'

Alphabet Inc.'s Google on Wednesday said it has evaluated more than 1.2 million Web pages for compliance with Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, and removed...

Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate
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Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate

White House and congressional staffers have asked Silicon Valley executives for new talks in Washington, D.C., to resolve a standoff over encrypted communication...

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually
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Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.

New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend
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New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

Data scientist–a job that barely existed a decade ago–has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S.

U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil
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U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil

Silicon Valley companies say they’ve been preparing for yesterday's European Court of Justice decision invalidating the U.S.-Europe Safe Harbor agreement on data...

Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye
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Scientists Tap Dragonfly Vision to Build a Better Bionic Eye

What can humans learn from dragonflies?

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms
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Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced a Pentagon project to develop flexible electronic devices with Silicon Valley companies and scientists.

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side
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Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side

That's the takeaway from a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do
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Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are racing to anticipate the needs of their users.

Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider
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Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about...

Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance
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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball...

Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age
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Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age

No company sounds more religious about Moore’s Law than Intel Corp., whose co-founder made a famous observation about the miniaturization of chip circuitry 50 years...

Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles
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Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number...

When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?
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When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?

A tremendous number of personnel records—including some quite personal records—have likely been stolen by computer hackers.

Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age
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Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age

To get an idea of how the mobile Web is catapulting millions of people into the digital age by skipping landline connections, have a look at Vietnam.

U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016
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U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016

The U.S. government's widespread data surveillance practices are likely to cost U.S. cloud computing and other technology companies more money than originally expected...
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