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High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge
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High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether to halt a legal challenge to a once-secret warrantless surveillance program targeting Americans' communications...

Why Flipping Through Paper-Like Pages Endures in the Digital World
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Why Flipping Through Paper-Like Pages Endures in the Digital World

When Instapaper developer Marco Arment updated his popular offline reading app for the iPad, something was different. Instapaper's normal pagination action—rendering...

Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy
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Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy

A federal appeals court last Friday upheld the National Security Agency's decision to withhold from the public documents confirming or denying any relationship...

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?
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What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?

When Apple posted a job listing last week for a "Computer Vision specialist," the tech-obsessed echo chamber began speculating which Apple product line would be...

Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft
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Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

While many of the boys in Idan Yahya's high school class were buffing up and preparing themselves for selection into elite combat units, this gawky teenager was...

Check Your Mac For Malware
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Check Your Mac For Malware

Mac fans recently got a little taste of what it's like to be a Windows user.

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.

Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband
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Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband

The most important element of the Army's effort to modernize itself doesn't shoot. You can't ride in it. You can't wear it for protection against homemade bombs...

­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter
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­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter

A worldwide manhunt kicks off at the end of March—a search across America and Europe for five fugitives, identifiable only by their mugshots.

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DARPA Warns: Your Iphone Is a Military Threat

There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon's premier research wing. No, it's not Iran’s nukes or China's missiles. It's the iPads,...

Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll

After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eolas Technologies—named after the Irish word for knowledge—may...

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Air Force's Top Brain Wants a 'Social Radar' to 'See Into Hearts and Minds'

Chief Scientists of the Air Force usually spend their time trying to figure out how to build better satellites or make jets go insanely fast. Which makes Dr. Mark...

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Engage: Apple's New Tools For Interactive Books on Ipad

Engagement is a big word in education. It combines both objective participation and subjective emotion. It's one of the few psychological terms in education that...

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Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of 'warehouse' Computing

 Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers. He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.

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Apple Patent Describes New Type of Face-Recognition Tech

Swipe to unlock could be a thing of the past for next-gen iOS devices. Like current Galaxy Nexus users, iOS users could soon be using facial recognition technology...

How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?
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How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?

The brainiacs at IBM made some pretty far-out predictions this week: In five years, they say, you won't need passwords, there will be no more digital divide,...

Mystery Men Forge Servers For Giants of Internet
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Mystery Men Forge Servers For Giants of Internet

If you drive down highway 880 from Oakland, Calif., take an exit about 30 miles south, and snake past a long line of car dealerships, you’ll find an ordinary...

Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your Email
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Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your Email

The Pentagon's intent on weeding out "insider threats"—troops or other military personnel who might be disgruntled enough to (Wiki)leak some documents or mentally...

How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center
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How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center

Jonathan Heiliger is the kind of guy you want running your data center.
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