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Cadets Trade the Trenches For Firewalls
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Cadets Trade the Trenches For Firewalls

Throughout the U.S. military there is heightened awareness that the threat of a computer attack is just as urgent as a physical attack, and that military units...

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In Cellphone, India Reveals an Essence

Sometimes a technology comes along and crystallizes a cultural moment. Not since the automobile and the American in the 1950s, perhaps, have a technology and a...

Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors
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Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors

People around the world are circumventing their governments' censorship of Web content using tools developed and provided by a diverse coalition of political and...

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Panel Advises Clarifying U.S. Plans on Cyberwar

A report based on a three-year study by a panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences says the United States does not have a clear military policy on how...

Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...

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­U.S. Steps ­Up Effort on Digital Defenses

The United States is engaged in an international race to develop both cyberweapons and cyberdefenses. Thousands of daily attacks on federal and private computer...

G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc
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G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc

General Electric (GE) holographic researchers have announced a digital storage breakthrough that will enable standard-sized disks to hold the equivalent of 100...

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'
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Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'

IBM is developing software designed to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, which, if successful, could mark a major advancement in artificial intelligence...

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Experts See Early Activity From the Conficker Worm

An informal group of computer security experts said they have observed early attempts by the Conficker virus to communicate with a control server, but they are...

Rivals Say I.b.m. Stifles Competition to Mainframes
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Rivals Say I.b.m. Stifles Competition to Mainframes

I.B.M. has dominated the mainframe computer business since the category was created four decades ago. And it still gets about one-quarter of its $100 billion in...

Scientists Publish Map of Knowledge
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Scientists Publish Map of Knowledge

Scientists at the research library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a map of knowledge that better reflects the actual use of information by...

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Fight Over Internet Filtering Has a Test Run in Europe

Europe's influence over technology regulation has led U.S. companies to send lobbyists to try and influence European lawmakers as they debate Internet access policy...

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The Real High-Tech Immigrant Problem: They're Leaving

New York TimesLanguage in the U.S. bank bailout legislation that discourages banks from recruiting skilled foreign workers on work visas has re-ignited the controversy...

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Surprise: America Is No. 1 in Broadband

Although some countries have far more broadband-connected homes and higher broadband speeds than the United States, the U.S. leads the world in putting broadband...

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Exploring a 'Deep Web' That Google Can't Grasp

Google recently added the one trillionth Web address to its list of indexed Web pages, and yet that represents only a small portion of the entire Web. Beyond the...

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Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean ­p Web

Yahoo! and Microsoft announced that they will support Google's technology for detecting duplicate pages on Web sites. Web publishers will be able to use Google's...

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A New Internet?

There is a growing belief among engineers and security experts that the only way to fix Internet security is to recreate the Internet from scratch. What a new...

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Sensors Help Keep the Elderly Safe, and at Home

Sensors and other monitoring technologies offer senior citizens more freedom to live independently and at less risk within the home. Motion sensors, medication...

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Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones

Google has made 1.5 million books accessible on mobile devices such as the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1. The titles are the public domain books Google previously...

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Google Earth Dives Deep, Filling in Its Maps' Watery Gaps

When Google Earth first launched, the two-thirds of the planet that is covered by water was simply left blue. "We had this arbitrary distinction that if it was...
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