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Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.
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Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.

Facebook recently ran an experiment. Inside a test lab, somewhere behind the scenes at the world's most popular network, engineers sidled up to a computer server...

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You

Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls...

Google Declares War on the Password
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Google Declares War on the Password

Google's Eric Grosse and Mayank Upadhyay have published a research paper that explores hardware-based alternatives to the traditional password. 

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

At Ces, Chinese Electronics Giants Compete For American Eyes
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At Ces, Chinese Electronics Giants Compete For American Eyes

You’ve heard the complaints. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is too unwieldy and too outdated for tech titans such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft...

Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn
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Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn

The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher...

Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own
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Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own

It was supposed to be a big moment for the two brothers—both University of Virginia engineering students—the culmination of months of designing and refining.

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?
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With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?

The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks...

Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket
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Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket

Five years from now, says Intel, your phone could double as a supercomputer. That's the goal of Intel's experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer project, or SCC.

Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—and No One's Safe
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Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—and No One's Safe

The FBI recently put out a mobile malware alert, providing us with a sobering reminder of this "evil software" for phones and tablets.

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
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Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age—a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you...

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet
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Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet

One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.

Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms
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Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms

Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.

Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case
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Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case

The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s bid to hold the nation’s telecoms liable for allegedly providing the...

Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet
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Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet

It was 4:00 in the morning, and Leonard Kleinrock was sitting inside MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on the outskirts of Boston, hunched in front of a massive computer...

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?
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Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country.

Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data
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Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Hugo Campos has a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his body. It sends data about his heart to his doctors and back to the manufacturer, but it takes days to get...

Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data
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Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data

Twitter on Friday reluctantly complied with a judge's order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester.

Nokia's Visionary Wants to Out-Design Apple
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Nokia's Visionary Wants to Out-Design Apple

Marko Ahtisaari spreads out several models of Nokia's new smartphone with the self-assurance of a Tiffany diamond salesman.

What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran
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What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran

Paul Baran set out to build a means of communication that could survive a nuclear war. And he ended up inventing the fundamental networking techniques that underpin...
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