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Dinner and a Robot: My Night Out With a Pr2
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Dinner and a Robot: My Night Out With a Pr2

On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of dining at the exclusive Willow Garage in Menlo Park, Calif.

Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload
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Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload

A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found...

Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms
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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms

Look around your office hallway or college campus and you'll see people holding interactive panes of glass.

Commercial Blue-Sky Research Lives on at Ibm's Watson Center
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Commercial Blue-Sky Research Lives on at Ibm's Watson Center

In the decades following World War II, the U.S. emerged as the leading center of scientific research through the efforts of three types of institutions: its research...

Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War
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Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War

On Sunday, it was a hijacked Reuters Twitter feed trying to create the impression of a rebel collapse in Aleppo. On Monday, it was another account purporting to...

Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals
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Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals

The escalating dependence on drone pilots, as Maj. Dave Blair agonized in the May-June issue ofAir & Space Power Journal, is undercutting the ability to award combat...

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?
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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means he leads the government's effort to protect America...

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Hey, Hackers: Defense Is Sexy, Too

Pleasing the crowd at the Black Hat and Def Con computer security conferences that took place in Las Vegas last week is relatively easy: simply hop on stage and...

Strong and Fast Markets, but No Time to Think
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Strong and Fast Markets, but No Time to Think

Financial markets have greatly improved over the past quarter-century.

How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By
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How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By

On November 5, 2009, an Army psychiatrist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas shot and killed 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian Defense Department employee while wounding...

U.s. Sports Fans Using Proxy Servers to Watch Olympics on Bbc
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U.s. Sports Fans Using Proxy Servers to Watch Olympics on Bbc

The American network NBC has come in for a lot of flak since the weekend when its Olympics coverage began. The Twitter hadtag of #NBCfail began trending soon after...

Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net
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Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net

The U.S. Internet's infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure...

Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other
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Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other

Ocado, an online grocery store in England, prides itself on its delivery of refrigerated foods: When the company says the goods will arrive at a certain temperature...

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle
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Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Anand Shimpi is one of the most influential tech industry figures you've never heard of.

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google
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Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google

When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.

Apple v. Samsung: 5 Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents
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Apple v. Samsung: 5 Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents

The lawyers behind the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial have been hard at work filing docket after docket as their court battle looms closer, and many of those dockets...

Software: The New Networking Paradigm
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Software: The New Networking Paradigm

VMware's planned acquisition of Nicra for $1.25 billion represents the evolution of networking beyond the hardware-dominated point of view that has sustained the...

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Rise Is Seen in Cyberattacks Targeting ­.s. Infrastructure

The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said Thursday that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer...

Microsoft's Lost Decade
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Microsoft's Lost Decade

To the saccharine rhythm of a Muzak clip, Steve Ballmer crouched into a tackling stance and dashed across a ballroom stage at the Venetian Las Vegas.

Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia
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Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia

Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of "bots"—autonomous computer...
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