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Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die
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Page Views Don't Matter Anymore—but They Just Won't Die

The page view is a zombie.

How the Internet of Things Got Hacked
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How the Internet of Things Got Hacked

There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace...

Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now
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Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now

Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.

The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones
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The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century.  

For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly
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For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly

At a NASA lab in Silicon Valley, Google is testing a quantum computer—a machine based on the seemingly magical principles of quantum mechanics, the physics of things...

Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click
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Hacker Lexicon: Malvertising, the Hack That Infects Computers Without a Click

Malvertising is when hackers buy ad space on a legitimate website, and, as the name suggests, upload malicious advertisements designed to hack site visitor’s computers...

Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really
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Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really

If you're hoping to engineer perfect babies, you're going to have to wait.

Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World
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Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World

Google is teaching machines to play Atari games like Space Invaders, Video Pinball, andBreakout. And they're getting pretty good.  

Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks
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Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

When you think about the Internet of Things, you probably think of smart refrigerators and smart electric meters, not smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, and x-ray...

Apple's Swift Ios Programming Language Could Soon Be in Data Centers
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Apple's Swift Ios Programming Language Could Soon Be in Data Centers

Apple created the new Swift programming language as a better way of building apps for the iPhone, and it was a welcomed thing.

Isis' Opsec Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity
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Isis' Opsec Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity

In the wake of the Paris attacks, US government officials have been vocal in their condemnation of encryption, suggesting that US companies like Apple and Google...

Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act
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Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

Federal courts have long given the government leeway to surveil and collect so-called "non-content" data—records of the senders and recipients of calls and emails...

Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware
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Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Andrew Ng picks up his iPhone and opens an app called FaceYou.

How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt
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How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt

As Pluto disappears into New Horizons' rear view mirror, the little space probe that could is veering towards its next target in the Kuiper belt.

Facebook Aims Its AI at the Game No Computer Can Crack
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Facebook Aims Its AI at the Game No Computer Can Crack

In the mid-'90s, a computer program called Chinook beat the world's top player at the game of checkers.

Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im
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Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im

The anonymity network Tor has long been the paranoid standard for privacy online, and the Tor Browser that runs on it remains the best way to use the web while...

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game
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Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

At 5:05 AM Sunday, long before the rest of Sunnyvale, California, will wake up, Yahoo's control room is packed.

You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem
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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem

It's safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come with a hefty...

X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack
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X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack

The chip-enabled credit card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double...

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away
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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away

Siri may be your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to.
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