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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...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?
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Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?

Does the U.S. government read your email? It's a simple question, but apparently there's no simple answer. And the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service...

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent
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England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent

Football's world governing body Fifa and other organisations are preparing to vote on something many fans of the game have been crying out for: goal-line technology...

PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies
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PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies

Many readers will have watched the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championships last Sunday in which Spain demolished a tired Italian team by 4 goals to nil. The...
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