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Sequester Cuts University Research Funds
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Sequester Cuts University Research Funds

The federal government is reducing support for academic laboratories across the United States to satisfy the sequester mandate to cut spending. The budget sequester...

Pentagon Creating Teams to Launch Cyberattacks as Threat Grows
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Pentagon Creating Teams to Launch Cyberattacks as Threat Grows

The Pentagon's Cyber Command will create 13 offensive teams by the fall of 2015 to help defend the nation against major computer attacks from abroad, Gen. Keith...

Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds

Tim Berners-Lee's keynote address at the SXSW Interactive Conference emphasized the need to fight for an open Internet. 

New Robots in the Workplace: Job Creators or Job Terminators?
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New Robots in the Workplace: Job Creators or Job Terminators?

New, affordable robots are being developed that can perform advanced tasks and may threaten jobs. 

Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns
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Web-Connected Cars Bring Privacy Concerns

Cars will soon be so linked into wireless networks they will be like giant rolling smartphones—with calling systems, streaming video, cameras, and apps ­capable...

White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public
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White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public

A new White House directive will allow the general public more access to federally funded scientific research, the Obama administration announced at the end of...

Tech, Telecom Giants Take Sides as FCC Proposes Large Public Wifi Networks
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Tech, Telecom Giants Take Sides as FCC Proposes Large Public Wifi Networks

The U.S. Federal Communications Committee recently submitted a proposal to create super Wi-Fi networks across the country that would enable users to make calls...

Pentagon to Boost Cybersecurity Force
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Pentagon to Boost Cybersecurity Force

The Pentagon has approved plans to expand its cybersecurity force more than fivefold to protect the U.S.'s critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer...

Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive
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Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive

Some of the most important clues about what drove Adam Lanza to mass murder probably sit on the computer that the reclusive, technical-minded 20-year-old used as...

In South Korea, the Republic of Samsung
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In South Korea, the Republic of Samsung

So sprawling is Samsung’s modern-day empire that some South Koreans say it has become possible to live a Samsung-only life: You can use a Samsung credit card to...

Cybercity Allows Government Hackers to Train For Attacks
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Cybercity Allows Government Hackers to Train For Attacks

The Pentagon is building a virtual city that will enable government hackers to practice attacking and defending the computers and networks that increasingly run...

Web Monitor: 100 Percent of Syria's Internet Just Shut Down
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Web Monitor: 100 Percent of Syria's Internet Just Shut Down

It appears that the Syrian government may have just taken a drastic measure it has conspicuously avoided over the nearly two years of fighting: cutting itself off...

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When Is a Cyberattack an Act of War?

On the night of Oct. 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stood inside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, housed in a former aircraft carrier moored at a New...

In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems
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In Cyberattacks, Hacking Humans Is Highly Effective Way to Access Systems

The emails arrived like poison darts from cyberspace.

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Google's Restricting of Anti-Muslim Video Shows Role of Web Firms As Free-Speech Arbiters

Google lists eight reasons on its "YouTube Community Guidelines" page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them.

Gps Technology Finding Its Way Into Court
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Gps Technology Finding Its Way Into Court

The rapid spread of cellphones with GPS technology has allowed police to track suspects with unprecedented precision—even as they commit crimes. But the legal fight...

Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks
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Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks

John Sublett and his colleagues had an audacious, digital-age plan. They wanted to use the Internet to enable businesses to manage any kind of electronic device...

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say
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­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed...

'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching
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'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching

From a trading desk in London, Paul Hawtin monitors the fire hose of more than 340 million Twitter posts flying around the world each day to try to assess the collective...

Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks
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Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks

It began as a hobby for a ­teenage computer programmer named John Matherly, who wondered how much he could learn about devices linked to the Internet.
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