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The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.
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The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.

Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility...

Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics
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Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics

The U.S. National Security Agency illegally collected up to 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year from 2008 to 2011. 

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
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Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour
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Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour

Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process.

Nsa Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds
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Nsa Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

The U.S. National Security Agency has violated privacy rules or overreached its authority thousands of times annually since 2008, primarily through unauthorized...

Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources
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Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources

Every second, more than two more people join LinkedIn's network of 238 million members.

Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists
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Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists

Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a...

For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say
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For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say

In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency's newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting...

Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say
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Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say

A secret court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to collect and store the phone records of tens of millions of American cellphone customers...

­.s. and Russia Sign Pact to Create Communication Link on Cybersecurity
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­.s. and Russia Sign Pact to Create Communication Link on Cybersecurity

The United States and Russia have agreed to use real-time communications about national security incidents to lower the risk of conflict in cyberspace. 

Google to Use Balloons to Provide Free Internet Access to Remote or Poor Areas
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Google to Use Balloons to Provide Free Internet Access to Remote or Poor Areas

Google plans to provide free Internet access to disaster-stricken, rural, or poor areas using giant helium balloons that beam Wi-Fi signals to the ground below. ...

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
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The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'
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Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'

You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!

It’s Not the Jetsons, But It May Be Coming Soon
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It’s Not the Jetsons, But It May Be Coming Soon

Advances in technologies will transform what manufacturers can produce, the worker's role, and the products available to consumers. 

Google Glass Could Spur Wearable Tech Boom
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Google Glass Could Spur Wearable Tech Boom

IHS estimates that wearable-technology companies could sell up to 9.4 million devices by 2016. 

White House Budget Would Trim Nasa Funding Slightly
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White House Budget Would Trim Nasa Funding Slightly

The NASA budget would shrink slightly under President Obama's budget proposal. The White House is asking for $17.7 billion in funding, down about $50 million...

The Rise of the Bitcoin: Virtual Gold or Cyber-Bubble?
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The Rise of the Bitcoin: Virtual Gold or Cyber-Bubble?

Bitcoin virtual currency is booming as it is used to pay for goods and services directly over the Internet without requiring intermediaries such as banks. 

Could Google Tilt a Close Election?
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Could Google Tilt a Close Election?

A psychologist sees potential for a dominant search engine to sway close elections without most voters noticing. 

Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists
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Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an...

U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists
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U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists

The determination by Congress and President Obama to protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies is creating an explosive growth opportunity—for...
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