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A Robot With a Reassuring Touch
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A Robot With a Reassuring Touch

If you grab the hand of a two-armed robot named Baxter, it will turn its head and a pair of cartoon eyes—displayed on a tablet-size computer-screen "face"—will...

It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over
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It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over

As a signpost on the road to the so-called Post-PC Era we’ve been hearing about for so many years, this one is pretty hard to argue with: As of this year, personal...

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Google's Restricting of Anti-Muslim Video Shows Role of Web Firms As Free-Speech Arbiters

Google lists eight reasons on its "YouTube Community Guidelines" page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them.

Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data
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Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data

Twitter on Friday reluctantly complied with a judge's order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester.

Flame C&c Server Analysis Reveals New Malware in the Wild
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Flame C&c Server Analysis Reveals New Malware in the Wild

Forensic analysis of a number of Flame malware toolkit command-and-control servers revealed an additional three unidentified pieces of malicious code are under...

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...

Icann's New Ceo Announces Bold Restructure
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Icann's New Ceo Announces Bold Restructure

New ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade recently announced his plans to restructure the organization, including the selection of two new senior managers.  

Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?
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Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released Wednesday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder...

Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds
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Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

Military commanders, government officials and members of Congress have long wrangled over which weapon systems are needed. Now, there's an argument over what computer...

Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder
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Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder

The Internet tools of the Arab Spring have become the weapons of a new Arabian nightmare playing out at American diplomatic missions across North Africa and the...

Nsf’s Cise, Oci Leadership Issue Letter to Community
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Nsf’s Cise, Oci Leadership Issue Letter to Community

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced an organizational realignment, including plans to integrate the Office of Cyberinfrastructure within the...

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study
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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.

New York Police Dept. Issues First Rules For ­se of Social Media During Investigations
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New York Police Dept. Issues First Rules For ­se of Social Media During Investigations

The NYPD has for the first time laid out rules for using social media during investigations—but critics say the guidelines raise questions about privacy issues.

How Apple Really Invented the Iphone
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How Apple Really Invented the Iphone

Like many of Apple's inventions, the iPhone began not with a vision, but with a problem.

Facebook's China Problem
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Facebook's China Problem

Last May when Mark Zuckerberg wed his Chinese-American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, a joke began to make the rounds on China's version of Twitter, a microblog—or...

Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data
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Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data

Technology tends to cascade into the marketplace in waves. Think of personal computers in the 1980s, the Internet in the 1990s, and smartphones in the last five...

Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents
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Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents

Spalding railway station in Lincolnshire is not a big place. It takes me about two seconds to scan the platform and spot who I'm looking for: Jake Davis, aka Topiary...

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Insiders Suspected in Saudi Cyber Attack

One or more insiders with high-level access are suspected of assisting the hackers who damaged some 30,000 computers at Saudi Arabia's national oil company last...

Nokia's Visionary Wants to Out-Design Apple
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Nokia's Visionary Wants to Out-Design Apple

Marko Ahtisaari spreads out several models of Nokia's new smartphone with the self-assurance of a Tiffany diamond salesman.

Most Watched Online Ad of 2012 Campaign Is…
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Most Watched Online Ad of 2012 Campaign Is…

As we head into the election homestretch, it seems a good time to ask: What is the top watched online ad of the 2012 election cycle so far?
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