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Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room
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Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room

A new patent application from Microsoft points to a future in which your Kinect watches you, and sends ads based on your mood.

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Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

Google Fights Back in China
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Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon
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Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon

That little iPhone in your pocket is perfectly positioned to become a clone of the credit cards in your wallet or purse.

China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley
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China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Now at a critical juncture in its quest to become a superpower, China is turning to Western regions like the Silicon Valley for help with its next technical leap...

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Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...

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Intel Community's Sharing of Cyber Tools Raises Legal Questions

Before the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010, a combatant commander who wanted to take down an enemy’s surface-to-air missile sites or other defenses...

Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China
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Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China

Anyone who has ever written in Chinese on a computer, or composed a text message on their phone in that language, knows the typing process is not nearly as simple...

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?
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Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks
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Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks

As Congress boosts spending on cybersecurity and mulls over new data safety requirements on private industry, some companies stand to get rich.

A Dive Into the Digital Deep
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A Dive Into the Digital Deep

When next winter's storms subside, a specialized ship will begin a slow crossing, lowering a skinny cable into its wake along a precisely prescribed path: the shortest...

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...

Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple
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Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple

"Design is a word that's come to mean so much that it's also a word that has come to mean nothing. We don't really talk about design, we talk about developing ideas...

Coolest Jobs in Tech: Decoding Life, Touring Solar Systems
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Coolest Jobs in Tech: Decoding Life, Touring Solar Systems

Managing hardware and storage needs; building custom, in-house applications; making information accessible via the Web—such tasks are the mainstays of IT work,...

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Silicon Valley Foreign Worker Search Speeds ­p After Lull

Technology firms have tripled their recruitment of foreign workers this spring after a hiring lull of several years—a development that is reigniting the debate...

As Computing Changes, Hewlett-Packard Struggles to Follow
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As Computing Changes, Hewlett-Packard Struggles to Follow

As the computer industry makes a radical shift to new modes of computing—in the cloud and on tablets and smartphones—Hewlett-Packard, a stalwart of the previous...

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...
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