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Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'
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Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'

Both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.

The Moore's Law Moon Shot
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The Moore's Law Moon Shot

It is seemingly a fact of life that every new generation of computing gadget will be significantly more powerful than the one before, but a looming technical roadblock...

Gov. Cuomo Uses Blackberry Pin-to-Pin Messaging System to Contact Key Staffers When They Can't Talk on the Phone
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Gov. Cuomo Uses Blackberry Pin-to-Pin Messaging System to Contact Key Staffers When They Can't Talk on the Phone

There's one phrase Gov. Cuomo never hears: "You’ve got mail!" 

In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley
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In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley

For more than a decade the CIA has run its own venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel. It was founded in the late 1990s when the CIA was drowning in data and didn't...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

The Death of Cash
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The Death of Cash

Café Grumpy is the kind of hipster hangout that wouldn't deign to trumpet itself.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
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The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks
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Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks

John Sublett and his colleagues had an audacious, digital-age plan. They wanted to use the Internet to enable businesses to manage any kind of electronic device...

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
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Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

Wimpy Cores Are Coming to Facebook. But Which Cores?
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Wimpy Cores Are Coming to Facebook. But Which Cores?

Facebook has made waves by detailing its plans to use what an executive calls "cell-phone chips"—or "wimpy cores"—in its future data centers.

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In Modern Scandal, an Email Is Forever

When ousted Barclays CEO Bob Diamond says he felt "physically ill" reading emails of his traders crowing over interest rate manipulation, he is almost certainly...

The Drone Zone
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The Drone Zone

Holloman Air Force Base, at the eastern edge of New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range, 200 miles south of Albuquerque, was once famous for the daredevil maneuvers...

­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida
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­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida

Instead of prosecuting elite computer hackers, the U.S. government should recruit them to launch cyber-attacks against Islamist terrorists and other foes, according...

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'
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Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'

More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine.

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms
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Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms

With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs like Lloyd Keilson are left asking themselves who is to blame for...

Big Data and the Changing Economics of Privacy
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Big Data and the Changing Economics of Privacy

There was a time when only people with money to hire a detective could dig into someone’s life. Now, dozens of companies have sprung up that will prowl into a person’s...

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front
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Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front

The U.S. military is accelerating its cyberwarfare training programs in an aggressive expansion of its preparations for conflict on an emerging battlefield.

A Northwest Pipeline to Silicon Valley
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A Northwest Pipeline to Silicon Valley

Some budding entrepreneurs and computer whizzes based here in the Pacific Northwest are starting to turn heads down in Silicon Valley.

How Software-Defined Radio Could Revolutionize Wireless
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How Software-Defined Radio Could Revolutionize Wireless

In 1976, two shaggy-haired college dropouts founded a company called Apple to manufacture personal computers. The company's prospects looked so poor that the third...

U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity
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U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity

The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Americans that the National Security Agency would...
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