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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
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My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google
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Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google

When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
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Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century
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Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century

Samsung Electronics Co. recently leapfrogged Apple Inc. as the world's largest seller of smartphones.

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms
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Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms

With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs like Lloyd Keilson are left asking themselves who is to blame for...

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

Your E-Book Is Reading You
From ACM News

Your E-Book Is Reading You

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.

Google Fights Back in China
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Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

A New Home For Computer Screens: The Face
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A New Home For Computer Screens: The Face

Employees at eyeglasses designer Michael Pachleitner Group have no reason to consult desktop computers, tablets or old-fashioned paper binders to find items in...

Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts
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Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts

As companies increasingly allow workers to use personal smartphones and tablets on the job, they are confronting a potential new security threat: malicious software...

The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back
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The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back

Julie Barbour-Issa calls her eight-year-old cellphone "the dinosaur. It's a brick, and I could use it as a weapon in an emergency," says the 30-year-old Norwood...

Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them
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Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

When Jeff Rae was arrested last October with hundreds of other Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge, he decided to fight the charges...

Fbi's 'sabu' Hacker Was a Model Informant
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Fbi's 'sabu' Hacker Was a Model Informant

As soon as he was caught, an influential computer hacker agreed to become a government informant and "literally worked around the clock" to help federal agents...

When Gaming Is Good For You
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When Gaming Is Good For You

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception.

Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness
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Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Federal prosecutors brought charges against a group of men allegedly behind "LulzSec"—a globe-spanning collective of computer hackers who wreaked havoc on companies...

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How to Tell If You're Being Tracked on Safari

If you're on an iPhone or iPad using the most recent version of Apple's operating system, click on the "Settings" icon, and then click on "Safari."

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How Google Tracked Safari Users

Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple's Safari Web browser is set to block...

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Fast Phones, Dead Batteries

Days after buying his Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Verizon Wireless, David Jacobs found himself switching off the fourth-generation broadband...

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In China, Facebook Alternatives Thrive

Anticipation over Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering has fueled a recent surge in stock prices of social media companies in China, where Facebook is blocked...
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