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Target Got Hacked Hard in 2005. Here's Why They Let It Happen Again
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Target Got Hacked Hard in 2005. Here's Why They Let It Happen Again

A gang of shadowy hackers tears through the systems of big-box retailers, making off with millions of credit and debit card numbers in a matter of weeks and generating...

Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality
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Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality

Geoffrey Hinton was in high school when a friend convinced him that the brain worked like a hologram.

The Malware That Duped Target Has Been Found
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The Malware That Duped Target Has Been Found

The malicious program used to compromise Target and other companies was part of a widespread operation using a Trojan tool known as Trojan.POSRAM, according to...

Out in the Open: An Nsa-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and Bittorrent
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Out in the Open: An Nsa-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and Bittorrent

Miguel Freitas is building a decentralized social network called Twister, which no single entity should be able to shut down. 

It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)
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It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)

Emergency "mesh" networks that wirelessly connect computers and devices directly to each other have existed for some time and offer numerous benefits. 

Darpa's Robotic Gladiators Will Battle on This Disaster Course
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Darpa's Robotic Gladiators Will Battle on This Disaster Course

In a robotic twist on American Gladiators, 17 robots and their teams will descend upon Florida this week to see which ones have the greatest superhero potential...

4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design
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4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalized map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most.

Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet
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Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet

In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system—a...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Why Facebook Is Teaching Its Machines to Think Like Humans
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Why Facebook Is Teaching Its Machines to Think Like Humans

Facebook is turning to deep learning to teach computers to more closely imitate the human brain, with the goal of gaining greater insight into individual users. ...

Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers
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Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers

An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause...

Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years
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Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years

Robots armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank missiles and even grenade launchers are marching, er, rolling ever closer to the battlefield now that they’ve shown...

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running
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Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has gone interstellar.

Rsa Tells Its Developer Customers: Stop Using Nsa-Linked Algorithm
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Rsa Tells Its Developer Customers: Stop Using Nsa-Linked Algorithm


NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration
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NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is still exploring...

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter
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Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.

Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say
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Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say

For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said Friday.

The Watchers
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The Watchers

Looking down from 500 miles above Earth's surface, you could watch the FedEx Custom Critical Delivery truck move across the country along 3,140 miles of highway...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap
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Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning—an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software into the DIY era.
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