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Tech Companies Are Slamming a Proposed ­k Terrorism Law. Here's Why.
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Tech Companies Are Slamming a Proposed ­k Terrorism Law. Here's Why.

The world's biggest tech firms—including Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo—are pressing for changes to a proposed British law aimed at expanding the government's electronic...

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna
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5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna

"You're a male, you're 34-years-old and your 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall." That's a prediction that Craig Venter, long a pioneer on the frontier of genomics, offered...

The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly
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The Nsa School: How the Intelligence Community Gets Smarter, Secretly

Leonard Reinsfelder's wife found a note on her car as she was leaving a shopping center one day: "Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him."

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...

­.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...

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.

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.
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