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America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise
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America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and...

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
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Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Heads-Up Technology Puts Data on Car Windshields at Ces
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Heads-Up Technology Puts Data on Car Windshields at Ces

Automakers and third-party vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week are demonstrating windshield-based heads-up displays. 

Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds
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Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds

The motley group included men and women, old and young, in sweatshirts and three-piece suits, shod in socks and sandals, wingtips and heels.

One Day, Robots May Work in Zones Too Dangerous For Humans
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One Day, Robots May Work in Zones Too Dangerous For Humans

Teams of roboticists from around the world will be competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge next year, seeking a $2 million prize for advancements that one day...

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

German Researchers Discover a Flaw That Could Let Anyone Listen to Your Cell Calls
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German Researchers Discover a Flaw That Could Let Anyone Listen to Your Cell Calls

German researchers have discovered security flaws that could enable hackers, spies, and criminals to listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages....

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media
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Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: "Fold up...

Hour of Code to Feature 'frozen' Characters
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Hour of Code to Feature 'frozen' Characters

Educational nonprofit Code.org is collaborating with Disney to open its week-long "Hour of Code" event during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8-14. 

Can an Algorithm Tell US Who Influenced an Artist?
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Can an Algorithm Tell US Who Influenced an Artist?

Rutgers University researchers are training a computer to analyze thousands of paintings to understand which artists influenced others. 

U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets
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U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets

U.S. and European law enforcement agencies last week launched a massive, coordinated strike on the so-called Dark Web.

Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'
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Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies"—markers...

Stop Worrying About Mastermind Hackers. Start Worrying About the It Guy.
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Stop Worrying About Mastermind Hackers. Start Worrying About the It Guy.

Mistakes in launching Oracle software have led to millions of Americans' data being leaked onto the Internet. Those affected include universities or government...

Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'hacking Back'
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Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'hacking Back'

The continuing cyberattacks on U.S. corporate networks is spurring talk among some executives and government officials of going on the offensive, or "hacking back...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

The Ethics of Hacking 101
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The Ethics of Hacking 101

Some of the U.S.'s most prestigious cybersecurity university programs make a point of teaching their students offensive skills, but in doing so also must address...

Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking
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Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking

In the heart of Hong Kong, where the largest pro-Democracy protest to challenge Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square gathering has been brewing, some protesters...

What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer
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What's the Next Big Tech Trend? This Federal Agency Thinks It Can Predict the Answer

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity  is using machine intelligence to predict what emerging technologies will become popular in the future...

Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo
From ACM TechNews

Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Home Exploring Robot Butler has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions. 

Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots
From ACM TechNews

Why the ­.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

A Federal Robot Commission could help extract sense and insight from the many technological applications that separate human agency from execution.
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