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Hagel to Order Review of Drone Medal Precedence
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Hagel to Order Review of Drone Medal Precedence

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has halted production of a new controversial medal intended to honor drone pilots pending a review of its official rank above...

Clues Suggest Malware Is Moving from Pcs to Mobile Devices
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Clues Suggest Malware Is Moving from Pcs to Mobile Devices

The fact that smartphones and tablets don't need antivirus software or regular software updates is a major reason for their popularity.

Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy
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Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy

Appearing like a retro-futuristic apparition, digitally transmitted through pneumatic tubes from a future that was but will never be, the disembodied head of Kim...

Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward
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Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to move forward with assessment and recovery from a memory glitch that affected the rover's A-side computer.

Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It
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Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It

Jeffrey Knockel is an unlikely candidate to expose the inner workings of Skype's role in China’s online surveillance apparatus.

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale
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Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale

Modern medicine is largely based on treating patients with "small-molecule" drugs, which include pain relievers like aspirin and antibiotics such as penicillin.

Big Data, Big Blunders
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Big Data, Big Blunders

Companies are finding that big data doesn't necessarily translate into easy success.

How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business
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How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business

There's a ton of information out there. And businesses are figuring out how to put it to work.

Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?
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Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?

With "immersive media" taking content well beyond the TV screen, new technology is attempting to move virtual reality towards something even closer to real life...

Disentangling Photons and Atoms to Keep Quantum Systems Clean
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Disentangling Photons and Atoms to Keep Quantum Systems Clean

In quantum physics, the divisions between object and observer—the systems and environment—become blurred.

Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile
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Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile

How do you build a search engine that's more attuned to natural language, capable of divining what you mean, and giving back what you want?

Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds

The Internet should be open.

Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live
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Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live

Robots confused about what they encounter in the world of humans can now get help online.

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You
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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying...

The History of Hadoop: From 4 Nodes to the Future of Data
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The History of Hadoop: From 4 Nodes to the Future of Data

Depending on how one defines its birth, Hadoop is now 10 years old. In that decade, Hadoop has gone from being the hopeful answer to Yahoo’s search-engine woes...

Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones
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Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance...

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order
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The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order

In April 2003, British and U.S. researchers declared the Human Genome Project complete.

Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers
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Moore's Law Is Not Just for Computers

Predicting the future of technology often seems a fool's game.
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