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With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption
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With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption

A federal judge in New York is seeking to expand to the courts the hot debate over whether tech companies should be forced to find ways to unlock encrypted smartphones...

How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations
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How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations

Left-hand turns are one of the tougher things drivers have to do.

­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts
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­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's...

Could Hackers Take Down a City?
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Could Hackers Take Down a City?

Researchers warn of the possibility of cyberattackers crippling a city because of urban centers' increasing reliance on technology. 

Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested
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Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested

Later this year a Michigan pedestrian named Sebastian will spend his days throwing himself in the path of speeding cars.

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
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Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
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June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
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Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

The Government's High-Tech Plan For Identifying You Based on Your Tattoos
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The Government's High-Tech Plan For Identifying You Based on Your Tattoos

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has reviewed the results of a challenge to develop systems to identify a person based on their tattoos.

How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age
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How the Country's Top Privacy Cop Is Trying to Protect Consumers in the Digital Age

As the digital economy has exploded, tech companies are collecting untold amounts of data on everyday Americans.

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'
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The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining
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The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining

For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
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The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security
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As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government...

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law
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Happy Birthday to Moore's Law

Few revolutions can be said to have lasted for half a century, or to have wrought disruptive change at a predictable pace.

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death
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Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose...

U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying
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U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas...

Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True
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Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True

Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology—a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such...

Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It
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Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It

The California Energy Commission has released a set of draft standards aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of desktop computers and monitors. 
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