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An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers
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An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers

Paul Davison is in a hurry. Not just to board the plane that's about to take him to his father's retirement party in San Diego, or to get through the talking points...

What Geography Can Teach ­S About Basketball
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What Geography Can Teach ­S About Basketball

The annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, created in 2006, has become something like Bonnaroo for sports nerds. And if there was a breakout star at this year's...

Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness
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Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Federal prosecutors brought charges against a group of men allegedly behind "LulzSec"—a globe-spanning collective of computer hackers who wreaked havoc on companies...

The Bright Side of Being Hacked
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The Bright Side of Being Hacked

Hackers operating under the banner Anonymous have been poking a finger in the eye of one private company after another for two years now.  

Dot-Brand Explosion Will Shell-Shock Lazy Coders-ICANN
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Dot-Brand Explosion Will Shell-Shock Lazy Coders-ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers reports that software developers and Webmasters need to keep track of its new generic top-level domain program...

Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure
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Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure

Every year, security vendors gather at the RSA conference here to reaffirm their commitment to fencing out hackers and keeping data safe. And every year, corporate...

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.

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I'm Being Followed: How Google

This morning, if you opened your browser and went to NYTimes.com, an amazing thing happened in the milliseconds between your click and when the news appeared on...

Et Tu, Google? Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos
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Et Tu, Google? Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos

It's not just Apple. Photos are vulnerable on Android phones, too.

Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says
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Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says

In the midst of an ongoing turf battle over how big a role the National Security Agency should play in securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, a Defense...

­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter
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­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter

A worldwide manhunt kicks off at the end of March—a search across America and Europe for five fugitives, identifiable only by their mugshots.

Google: Technology Is Making Science Fiction Real
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Google: Technology Is Making Science Fiction Real

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that rapid advances in technology will soon transform science fiction into reality—meaning people will have driverless...

In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model
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In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model

Recent weeks have seen a lot of (overdue) talk about privacy and technology. There was theflap over Path and other mobile apps uploading your phone's address books...

Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet
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Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet

The U.S. Department of Defense may have funded the research that led to the Internet, but freewheeling innovation created the patchwork of privately owned technology...

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What Should Apple Do with Its Cash?

Apple's soaring with the market Tuesday, topping $530 per share. Not only is Apple soaring in the stock market, the company is also sitting on $98 billion in cash—a...

Google Web Grows in City
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Google Web Grows in City

Google Inc. has dramatically expanded its presence in Manhattan in the past year, adding roughly 750 people to its outpost in 2011 in the most prominent example...

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Garmin Finds a New Direction

In the pantheon of seemingly obsolete technologies, automobile navigation devices might seem ready to join laser discs and pagers.

Nist Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats
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Nist Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats

The U.S. NIST has partnered with Maryland and Montgomery County, Md., to create the National Cybersecurity Center for Excellence, where NIST researchers will work...

Did the Ap Just Declare War on News Aggregators?
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Did the Ap Just Declare War on News Aggregators?

Like virtually every other traditional news entity, the Associated Press newswire has been under pressure for some time from digital media. But this disruptionthe...

Stem, Gender Parity, and Faculty Retention
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Stem, Gender Parity, and Faculty Retention

Universities retain and promote men and women at similar rates in STEM departments, except for mathematics, according to a new study. However, the odds that any...
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