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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...

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...

Google Asks: How Much Is Mapping Worth?
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Google Asks: How Much Is Mapping Worth?

How much has mapping software changed your life?

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...

Hacker Locates John Mcafee Through Smartphone Tracks
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Hacker Locates John Mcafee Through Smartphone Tracks

Weeks of international intrigue about the whereabouts of tech millionaire John McAfee ended Tuesday after the Internet pioneer made an elementary digital mistake...

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...

The Economics of Video Games
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The Economics of Video Games

Inflation can be a headache for any central banker. But it takes a certain type of economist to know what to do when a belligerent spaceship fleet attacks an interstellar...

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...

'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...

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What Should Apple Do with Its Cash?

Apple's soaring with the market Tuesday, topping $530 per share. Not only is Apple soaring in the stock market, the company is also sitting on $98 billion in cash—a...

Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers
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Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers

Google, I wish I knew how to quit you.

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'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

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Facebook Ipo: How Does Facebook Make Its Money?

Facebook's IPO filing shows that the company brought in about $3.7 billion in revenue and made $1 billion in profit in 2011.

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The Search For the Right Candidate Just Got More Personal

The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get a lot more personal, at least if Google has any say in it.

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Sopa Hearings Cast Debate as Old Media vs. New Media

The circus atmosphere of the hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), reflected the high-stakes, emotional nature of the...

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In China, Business Travelers Take Extreme Precautions to Avoid Cyber-Espionage

Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos.
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