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How Vegas Casinos Wage War on Cheating
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How Vegas Casinos Wage War on Cheating

"I think most people feel that if you can find a way to beat the casino, more power to you," says Arnold Synder, his eyes, those telltale features, hidden behind...

Google to ­sers: Here's How We Deal with Requests For Your Information
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Google to ­sers: Here's How We Deal with Requests For Your Information

What happens if the local police, the FBI or any government agency asks Google for information about your Gmail or YouTube account?

Ayasdi: Stanford Math Begets a Data Company
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Ayasdi: Stanford Math Begets a Data Company

Like most of his peers, Gunnar Carlsson spends his time thinking about hairy, theoretical math problems.

U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'
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U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's...

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'
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Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'

Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Washington on Wednesday to deliver the science-specific version of President Barack Obama's second inaugural address.

IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave
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IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave

At year's end, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world.

Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data
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Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data

Google has revealed the full scale of the U.S. government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of...

Applying Search Engine Techniques to Physics Data, Yandex Partners ­p with Cern
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Applying Search Engine Techniques to Physics Data, Yandex Partners ­p with Cern

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is perhaps best-known for two things: (probably) locating the elusive Higgs Boson, and being the birthplace...

Facebook's Other Big Disruption
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Facebook's Other Big Disruption

Facebook made a potentially game-changing announcement.

Dod Looking to 'jump the Gap' Into Adversaries' Closed Networks
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Dod Looking to 'jump the Gap' Into Adversaries' Closed Networks

Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz may have had one of the most secure computer systems in the world.

The Trouble With Tinkering Time
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The Trouble With Tinkering Time

It's the latest R&D trend: penciling in tinkering time on the company clock.

Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen
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Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen

You've probably never heard of Tizen, but the companies behind it are some of the most recognizable brands in the tech industry.

Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat
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Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat

Technology professionals' average salaries rose 5.3 percent to $85,619 last year, according to Dice. Tech professionals with at least 15 years of experience saw...

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
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The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves.

Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell
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Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell

Reading the news that Atari’s U.S. subsidiary is filing for bankruptcy was a little like hearing that Bob Hope died—in that you were surprised to discover he had...

Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?
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Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has not had a charmed birth. While some of its problems—a windshield crack, minor fuel leaks—can easily be dealt with, the issues that have...

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Big Blue Is Still the Big Dog of Patents

Computing giant IBM has retained its position as the company granted the most patents in the year. It’s the 20th consecutive year that IBM has done so. 

Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems
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Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems

Major U.S. banks have turned to the National Security Agency for help protecting their computer systems after a barrage of assaults that have disrupted their Web...

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Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant: Dhs

A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a power company when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping...
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