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Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom
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Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom

It would be too much to say that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange feels optimistic.

Fantasy Footballers and Coaches Rejoice—nfl Players to Wear Rfid Tags
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Fantasy Footballers and Coaches Rejoice—nfl Players to Wear Rfid Tags

The surveillance society, it seems, is broadening at NFL stadiums.

Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones
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Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones

Facebook isn't the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media.

New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States
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New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States

The RAM in our computers is constantly refreshed to ensure that it maintains the intended information.

Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers
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Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers

Massachusetts' top court ruled, in a 5-2 decision on Wednesday, that a criminal suspect can be ordered to decrypt his seized computer.

Scotus to Weigh In on When Online Rants Become Criminal Threats
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Scotus to Weigh In on When Online Rants Become Criminal Threats

The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will consider a case involving a thorny free speech issue in the digital age: at what point does a statement made...

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language
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A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Take a tour through the research laboratories at any university physics department or national lab, and much of what you will see defines "cutting edge."

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion
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How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a...

Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads
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Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

The question of whether online broadcast television is to remain in the hands of a stodgy industry that once declared the VCR the enemy is being put directly before...

Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat
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Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat

When does an online threat become worthy of criminal prosecution?

As Human Laws Grapple with Robots, There Are No Easy Answers
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As Human Laws Grapple with Robots, There Are No Easy Answers

There's been a lot of buzz about robots lately.

Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass
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Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass

Ernest Rutherford, pioneer in studying the world inside atoms, famously remarked that all science is either physics or stamp collecting.

Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually
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Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it's finally ready to consider regulations that...

Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom
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Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom

Can scientists image the motion of electrons inside atoms?

10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth
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10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth

On January 25, 2004, a strange object fell out of the sky on a distant planet—and when it hit the surface, it started to bounce.

How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer
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How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer

There has been a lot of news lately about nefarious-sounding backdoors being inserted into cryptographic standards and toolkits.

Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing
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Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing

For the first time, the United States' most secret court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), has published its legal rationale as to why the ...

Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed
From ACM Opinion

Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed

When we reviewed iOS 6 a year ago, we called it a "spit-and-polish" release and stand by that assessment today.

Mechanical Computer Flexes Its Muscle
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Mechanical Computer Flexes Its Muscle

An artificial, muscle-based computer could have significant potential for the field of robotics. 
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