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A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored
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A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored

LOpht's warnings about the Internet drew notice, but little action.

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.

Tech Giants Don’t Want Obama to Give Police Access to Encrypted Phone Data
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Tech Giants Don’t Want Obama to Give Police Access to Encrypted Phone Data

Technology companies, trade associations, and security and policy experts are urging President Obama to reject proposals to weaken security of communication devices...

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...

China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'
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China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'

Two recent distributed denial-of-service attacks represent some of the first uses of a new tool in China's cyber arsenal, dubbed the "Great Cannon." 

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars
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How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

Most of us haven't had a cow wander on to a road in front of us while we're driving. Still, it's the type of situation Google is wisely anticipating.

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...

How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations
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How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations

Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.

'freak' Flaw Undermines Security For Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover
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'freak' Flaw Undermines Security For Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover

Companies and government agencies are scrambling to correct a major security flaw revealed this week. 

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk
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Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity...

Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work
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Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work

Crowdsourced cybersecurity is gaining ground. 

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch
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Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
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Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...
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