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Monitoring America
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Monitoring America

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans,...

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President's Advisory Group Finds Most Federal IT Funds Being Misused

U.S. federal agencies are using only about 4 percent to 11 percent of the funds they receive for R&D of IT on advancing network communications within the agencies...

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Obama Administration Calls For 'privacy Bill of Rights'

The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies...

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Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plan From FCC Is Raising Questions

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently submitted a proposal that would regulate Internet providers, and includes a provision that would allow companies...

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

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Media in China, Arab Middle East Suppressing Wikileaks Coverage

Revelations by the organization WikiLeaks have received blanket coverage this week on television, in newspapers and on Web sites around the globe. But in parts...

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FCC Chairman to Propose Plan For Net Neutrality

U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will announce a plan Wednesday (Dec. 1) that prevents Internet service providers from favoring...

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger
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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information...

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Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that...

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White House Forms Federal Committee on Internet, Privacy Policy

Officials from several U.S. government agencies are slated to join a new Internet privacy subcommittee being formed by the Obama administration. Consumer advocacy...

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FCC Wants Broadcasters' Unused Spectrum to Help Meet Growing Wireless Demand

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers...

Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?
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Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries—cars and wind energy.

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Internet Pioneers Protest Senate Anti-Piracy Bill

Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation could...

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An Army of Tech-Savvy Warriors Has Been Fighting Its Battles in Cyberspace

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been taken prisoner during...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

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­.s. Cybersecurity Plans Lagging, Critics Say

More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government...

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FCC Move to Release 'white Spaces' Has Tech Firms Dreaming of Wireless Boom

Entire towns linked to the Web as giant hot spots with seamless wireless connections. Internet-connected refrigerators that monitor when it's time to get more...

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Google Denies Selling Out, Defends Net Neutrality Pact with Verizon

Google responded Thursday to heavy criticism of its agreement with Verizon Communications, saying it compromised in order to move the ball forward on a net neutrality...

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White House Proposal Would Ease Fbi Access to Records of Internet Activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court...

Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0
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Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0

Who would turn down a $1 million prize for solving a math problem? Perhaps the smartest man in the world.
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