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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.

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback
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Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Bitcoin suffered a major setback Tuesday as the website of Mt.Gox, the once dominant trading platform for the virtual currency, was all but shut down.

How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World
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How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World

The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.

What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
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What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows that 170 of his customers went clubbing in November.

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'
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Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'

For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says...

Inside a Twitter Robot Factory
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Inside a Twitter Robot Factory

One day last month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan.

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking
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Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising,...

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security
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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security...

Utilities Try to Learn From Smart Meters
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Utilities Try to Learn From Smart Meters

Utilities have installed more than 60 million smart meters in North America in the past decade.

Say Goodbye to the Password
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Say Goodbye to the Password

Here's the fundamental problem with passwords: They are most effective in protecting a company when they are long, complicated and changed frequently. In other...

A New 'dawn' in Exchanges' War on Hackers
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A New 'dawn' in Exchanges' War on Hackers

When prices on some U.S. stocks suddenly zoomed one day last month and others unexpectedly plunged, stock-market officials set out to detect a possible computer...

Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects
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Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal...

Google's Data-Trove Dance
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Google's Data-Trove Dance

In 2011, Google Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale...

Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy
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Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy

Matt Valentine, head of Microsoft's enterprise solutions for Hong Kong, shares a key piece of advice with his five- and seven-year-old children: when it comes to...

­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast
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­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast

The next army of unmanned drones are scurrying beneath the ocean's surface.

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail
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Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick.

Now Hear This: Navy Abandons All Caps
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Now Hear This: Navy Abandons All Caps

MESSAGES SENT WITHIN THE U.S. NAVY NO LONGER HAVE TO BE WRITTEN OUT IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

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How Google Transfers Data to Nsa

How does Google hand over data to the government? By old-fashioned secure "file transfer protocol," or FTP. And sometimes even by hand.
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