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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...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards
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Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards

Two weeks ago, a patent filing by General Motors was uncovered that proposed using data collected from its OnStar service to tailor public advertisements to individual...

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...

10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space
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10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space

The view of Earth from space has transformed our understanding of, as well as our admiration for, the planet.

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.

Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure
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Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure

Researchers have released two new exploits that attack common design vulnerabilities in a computer component used to control critical infrastructure, such as refineries...

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011...

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.

Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella
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Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella

Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really.

DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google
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DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.

Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says
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Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says

In the midst of an ongoing turf battle over how big a role the National Security Agency should play in securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, a Defense...

­.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.

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive
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In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

The Stockton Tunnel, excavated in 1914, lets San Francisco drivers get between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf without having to ascend the scarily steep grades...

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion
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Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion

For most of the U.S. military's far-flung community of scientists and engineers, Monday was a day to pop a Xanax.

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Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget

The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.

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10k Reasons to Worry About Critical Infrastructure

A security researcher was able to locate and map more than 10,000 industrial control systems hooked up to the public internet, including water and sewage plants...

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Warrants Needed For Gps Monitoring, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that law enforcement authorities need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor...

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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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