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Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry
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Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry

Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system—but the front door wasn’t locked tight.

Arrests in Spain Don't Mean Sony's Troubles Are Over
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Arrests in Spain Don't Mean Sony's Troubles Are Over

The Spanish police say they've taken down three of the people allegedly behind the massive PlayStation Network security breach in April. But while it's probably...

Information Flow Can Reveal Dirty Deeds
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Information Flow Can Reveal Dirty Deeds

Political thrillers that portray a "web of corruption" get it all wrong, at least according to an analysis of emails between Enron employees. The flow of the...

Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack
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Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack

Sony's deputy president about the PlayStation Network hack, PS Vita and PS3's enduring appeal.

Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War
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Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War

Know how to Tweet? Or how to put words into the mouths of foreign security functionaries? If so, the U.S. Army wants you to help un-quagmire the Afghanistan war...

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Apple Surpasses Hewlett-Packard as Largest buyer of Chips, iSuppli Says


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Rsa Gets a Security Chief

RSA, the computer security unit of EMC that was hacked, has named Edward Schwartz as chief security officer, promoting him from the same role at NetWitness, a...

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Emc's Rsa Security Breach May Cost Bank Customers $100 Million

The security breach at EMC Corp.'s RSA unit may cost the banking industry as much as $100 million to replace identification tokens that left their computers vulnerable...

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Many Stuxnet Vulnerabilities Still Unpatched

The media storm over the Stuxnet worm may have passed, but many of the software holes that were used by the worm remain unpatched and leave Siemens customers...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...

Ipv6 Day: Kicking the Tires of a Next-Gen Net Today
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Ipv6 Day: Kicking the Tires of a Next-Gen Net Today

The computing industry has begun a major 24-hour test today to work the kinks out of IPv6, a disruptive but necessary overhaul of the Internet's inner workings...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs
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Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists...

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A Nielsen Acquisition Focused on Brain Waves

The Nielsen Company has acquired the rest of a company, NeuroFocus, that specializes in the nascent realm of researching whether neuroscience can be applied to...

Cisco's Stumble: Did CEO John Chambers Underestimate Silicon Valley Rivals?
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Cisco's Stumble: Did CEO John Chambers Underestimate Silicon Valley Rivals?

Even in the depths of the Great Recession, while other businesses hunkered down, Cisco CEO John Chambers was eager to expand.

Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road
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Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road

The unveiling of the iPhone almost four years ago stands as a pivotal moment in computing history. The elegant design not only ushered in the mobile computing...

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Sri: Silicon Valley's Old School Incubator

These days, it seems there's a new incubator for just about every pair of 19-year-olds working on a mobile-payment startup. Long ago, before Y Combinator and...

Making the Case For Security
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Making the Case For Security

Major corporations have made serious mistakes with information security recently, resulting in spectacular failures to protect business and customer records....

Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight
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Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight

In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company...

Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs
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Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs

Robot battles have drawn kids into novels, TV shows, and movies for decades. Now companies are using robot wars to attract a new generation of employees to high...
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