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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist
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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.

The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion
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The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion

Paul Ekman, perhaps the world's most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster.

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...

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
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Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...

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.

Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s
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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s

Google has announced a new open source tool for massive data sets based on differential privacy, a technique developed in the 1960s. 

What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?
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What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?

European police Friday said they had figured out how to pierce an Internet privacy tool used by dissidents, journalists and online drug dealers.

Antivirus Works Too Well, Gripe Cybercops
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Antivirus Works Too Well, Gripe Cybercops

Internal documents leaked by activists earlier this month show police clients from several nations complaining to FinFisher GmbH, a seller of spyware to government...

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...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
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Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

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.

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage
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Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

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.

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

The United Nations on Tuesday began its first-ever multinational convention on "lethal autonomous weapons systems." 

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
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The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

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...

Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed
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Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed

Microsoft, Google, and other tech giants have committed to contribute more than $3 million to an initiative to improve open source software. 
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