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Autocratic Regimes Fight Web-Savvy Opponents with Their Own Tools

For weeks, Syrian democracy activists have used Facebook and Twitter to promote a wave of bold demonstrations. Now, the Syrian government and its supporters are...

Obama Administration Outlines International Strategy For Cyberspace
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Obama Administration Outlines International Strategy For Cyberspace

President Obama has released an international strategy for cyberspace security that focuses on developing rules for responsible state behavior with the goal of...

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Netflix Biggest Driver of U.s. Internet Traffic, Puts Spotlight on Broadband Pricing

Netflix streaming videos drove nearly 30% of all North American broadband Internet traffic during peak hours, with consumers continuing their voracious appetite...

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Parting with Privacy with a Quick Click

When Scott Fitzsimones turned 13, he got an iPhone, set up accounts for Facebook and Pandora and went on an apps downloading spree. At the same time, the new...

Sohaib Athar
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Sohaib Athar

According to his Twitter stream @reallyvirtual, Sohaib Athar moved from Lahore, Pakistan to the resort town of Abbottabad to take a break from the rat race. It...

In a Country Known For Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety
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In a Country Known For Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety

Japan's focus on building humanoid robots that perform tasks that humans can already do, instead of building robots that can go where humans cannot, has made it...

At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted
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At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted

A day after AT&T announced it would buy T-Mobile USA to create the biggest wireless carrier in the country, consumer advocates and some members of Congress blasted...

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U.S. Funding Tech Firms that Help Mideast Dissidents Evade Government Censors

The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously...

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Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility Recovered Quickly from Stuxnet Cyberattack

In an underground chamber near the Iranian city of Natanz, a network of surveillance cameras offers the outside world a rare glimpse into Iran's largest nuclear...

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

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Wikipedia Is Turning 10, and Founder Jimmy Wales Has Big Plans

For a very long while, knowledge was privileged and so were books, and only privileged people had access to either. Then came printing presses and libraries,...

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NFL Fighting Head Injuries with Technology

The NFL is turning to technology to both measure and mitigate pro football's effect on players' brains, pushing into unexplored territory as officials try to...

Can Cash Prizes For Innovation Get the Economy Rolling Again?
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Can Cash Prizes For Innovation Get the Economy Rolling Again?

Contests for innovation are back in vogue and are a major component of the Obama administration's agenda for federal government support of private-sector R&D. 

AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans
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AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans

Despite advances in artificial intelligence research, a robot that can pass the Turing test has yet to be developed. The development of human-like intelligence...

Monitoring America
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Monitoring America

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans,...

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President's Advisory Group Finds Most Federal IT Funds Being Misused

U.S. federal agencies are using only about 4 percent to 11 percent of the funds they receive for R&D of IT on advancing network communications within the agencies...

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Obama Administration Calls For 'privacy Bill of Rights'

The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies...

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger
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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information...

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FCC Wants Broadcasters' Unused Spectrum to Help Meet Growing Wireless Demand

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers...
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