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'paperless Ticketing' Aims to Thwart Scalping at Concerts, Sports Events
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'paperless Ticketing' Aims to Thwart Scalping at Concerts, Sports Events

Anyone who's ever chased a hot ticket for a concert or sports event knows the agony of the drill. Wait--online or in line--until the box office opens and then compete...

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
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Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
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Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics
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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

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The Cybersecurity Changes We Need

The Obama administration's progress toward the goal of making the U.S. digital infrastructure "secure, trustworthy, and resilient" has been sluggish due to the...

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What Sites Such as Facebook and Google Know and Whom They Tell

When Disa Powell's husband and brother were badly burned in an electrical explosion while conducting maintenance at a Wal-Mart store and the family sued, the defense...

The Cybersecurity Boom
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The Cybersecurity Boom

When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology problems. The company...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.

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Comcast Ruling Raises Questions on FCC Regulation

At first glance, Tuesday's federal court ruling on Comcast looked like a clean win for the cable giant and for competitors including Time Warner and AT&T. The court...

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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...

Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption
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Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption

In this country of 1.2 billion people, Inderjit Chaurasia could not prove his identity. When the migrant worker tried to open his first bank account in New Delhi...

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Dismantling of Saudi-CIA Web Site Ilustrates Need For Clearer Cyberwar Policies

By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq were making use of a Web site set up...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...

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More Than 75,000 Systems Hacked in Cyber Attacks, Security Firm Says

More than 75,000 computer systems at nearly 2,500 companies in the United States and around the world have been hacked in what appears to be one of the largest...

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War Game Reveals ­.s. Lacks Cyber-Crisis Skills

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently staged the Cyber ShockWave, a simulation to demonstrate the plausibility of a cyberattack that could be as crippling as the...

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Google to Enlist Nsa to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

Google and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) are collaborating to fortify defenses against future cyberattacks. NSA will assist Google in studying an assault...

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access
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Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering aggressive moves to claim its authority over consumer access to the Internet as part of the Obama...

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Computers Guide Traffic Lights to Reduce Congestion For Commuters, Other Drivers

There probably are just two times when you think about a traffic light. When one just turned yellow. ("Can I make it?") When one has been red for too long. ("Come...
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