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98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You
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98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You

Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.

Powerful Nsa Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online
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Powerful Nsa Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online

The online exposure of some of the most powerful hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency could threaten the agency's operations and security...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas
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How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas

As the country reels from the spasm of gun violence that killed two black men and five police officers this week, a prominent digital vigilante is using an online...

Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.
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Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed into law a controversial package of counterterrorism measures, including tougher sentences for extremism and...

This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)
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This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)

The idea of a device that can materialize one's memories out of thin air seems like it could only exist in science fiction. But in a new study, researchers were...

China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.
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China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.

First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing...

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure
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More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure

More than 30 states will be hosting online voting systems by the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, but experts warn such systems are still insecure...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America
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This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged...

The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi
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The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi

At this very moment in New York City, you can walk up to one of 65 futuristic kiosks, punch in an email address on your phone and instantly receive a wireless Internet...

Fbi May Not Need Apple to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone
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Fbi May Not Need Apple to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

The FBI may have found a way without Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Justice Department...

Johns Hopkins Researchers Poke a Hole in Apple's Encryption
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Johns Hopkins Researchers Poke a Hole in Apple's Encryption

A research team from Johns Hopkins University has successfully cracked Apple's iMessage encryption. Professor Matthew D. Green says this disproves the notion that...

The Massive New Privacy Deal Between U.s. and Europe, Explained
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The Massive New Privacy Deal Between U.s. and Europe, Explained

U.S. and European regulators have agreed to a tentative deal, officials say, that would allow thousands of U.S. companies to continue moving the personal information...

If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems
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If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems

Experts warned of the threat of autonomous weaponry at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Google Opens ­p About When Its Self-Driving Cars Have Nearly Crashed
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Google Opens ­p About When Its Self-Driving Cars Have Nearly Crashed

Google says its fleet of automated vehicles, currently undergoing testing, have had 13 near-misses in which a driver had to intervene to prevent a collision.

The New Way Police Are Surveilling You: Calculating Your Threat 'score'
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The New Way Police Are Surveilling You: Calculating Your Threat 'score'

While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect's...

The Big Data of Bad Driving, and How Insurers Plan to Track Your Every Turn
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The Big Data of Bad Driving, and How Insurers Plan to Track Your Every Turn

For years, insurance companies have used estimates of your annual mileage to determine your car insurance rates.

The A.i. Anxiety
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The A.i. Anxiety

The world’s spookiest philosopher is Nick Bostrom, a thin, soft-spoken Swede.
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