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What Is Wikileaks?

Months after releasing some 90,000 secret records of U.S. military incident and intelligence reports about the war in Afghanistan, Wikileaks has posted online...

Vietnam Jockeys to Become a High-Tech Player
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Vietnam Jockeys to Become a High-Tech Player

Vietnam plans to develop fifteen information technology parks to support the country's developing information and communication technology industry through 2020...

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Air Force Manual Describes Shadowy Cyberwar World

A new Air Force manual for cyberwarfare describes a shadowy, fast-changing world where anonymous enemies can carry out devastating attacks in seconds and where...

Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts
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Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

Computer science and engineering graduates generally have significantly higher starting salaries than liberal arts majors, according to a Wall Street Journal and...

D.c. Hacking Raises Questions About Future of Online Voting
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D.c. Hacking Raises Questions About Future of Online Voting

Washington, D.C.'s failure to prevent a team of University of Michigan computer scientists from taking control of its online voting website has called into the...

A Web Pioneer Profiles ­sers By Name
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A Web Pioneer Profiles ­sers By Name

In the weeks before the New Hampshire primary last month, Linda Twombly of Nashua says she was peppered with online ads for Republican Senate hopeful Jim Bender...

Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab
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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab

MIT’s Media Lab recently hosted a series of talks to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone who has paid attention to technology news over that period has undoubtedly...

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Psychologist Explores Motivations Behind 2007 Cyberattack on Estonia

Angry ethnic Russians throughout the world launched a cyberattack on Estonia in April 2007, crippling its cyber infrastructure for four days. Researchers analyzing...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

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White House Unveils STEM Campaign

The Obama administration will use the White House Science Fair and the USA Science and Engineering Festival to promote education in science, technology, engineering...

Web Ads Tied To News Photos Pop Up More And More
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Web Ads Tied To News Photos Pop Up More And More

Just because you can do something doesn't mean, of course, that you should. With today's technology, for instance, it's possible to give people who read the National...

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It Jobs Rank High on List of Best Jobs in America

Software architect ranked as the top job on Money magazine and Payscale.com's list of the 100 best jobs in America. Overall, IT jobs accounted for 26 of the 100...

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The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions

Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent.

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

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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...

Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors
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Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors

The U.S. Department of Defense aims to tighten ties with its cyber security contractors in an effort to better protect sensitive computer networks against growing...

Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science
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Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science

Europe is suffering more than other parts of the world from the decline in the number of students pursuing math and science careers. At the same time, Europe is...

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Britain's Biggest Security Threat

Cyberwarfare, not conventional armed conflict, is the country’s No. 1 national-security concern, says a new report from the U.K.'s National Security Council.

Drivel on Facebook More Valuable Than We Think
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Drivel on Facebook More Valuable Than We Think

The seemingly meaningless comments and updates that appear on Facebook are valuable to users because they serve as constant reminders of a highly useful network...

Giant Science Party
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Giant Science Party

Mondo science party this weekend in DC! The USA Science & Engineering Festival and Expo features 1,500 exhibits, 750 organizations, 75 stage shows, and more.
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