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It's All About the Team For Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology
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It's All About the Team For Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology

The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) is a university and industry consortium that studies cybersecurity issues related to health care,...

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Bart Protests: San Francisco Transit Cuts Cellphones to Thwart Demonstrators; First Amendment Debate

San Francisco's BART—the Bay Area Rapid Transit system—has clashed with demonstrators again over a First Amendment issue: whether it can legally cut off cellphone...

Solar Activity Increases Odds of Disruptions on Earth
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Solar Activity Increases Odds of Disruptions on Earth

The sun has entered a cycle of increasingly powerful flares and eruptions, catapulting to Earth high-energy particles capable of wreaking havoc on electronic...

'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands
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'global Camera' Links Photos Taken By Thousands

Cornell University professor Noah Snavely is leading an effort to develop a "global camera," software that mines pictures from Flickr and combines them to create...

New Police Scanner Raises 'facial Profiling' Concerns
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New Police Scanner Raises 'facial Profiling' Concerns

Beginning this fall, police officers across the nation will have a new weapon holstered onto their belts: A small attachment that weighs about 12 ounces turns...

Sending the Police Before There's a Crime
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Sending the Police Before There's a Crime

The arrests were routine. Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One...

MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers
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MI5 Joins Social Messaging Trawl for Riot Organisers

Intelligence agency asked to crack encrypted messages—especially on BlackBerry Messenger—to help police.

Researchers Find Tipping Point to Sway Public Opinion
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Researchers Find Tipping Point to Sway Public Opinion

If 10% of a social network is strongly committed to an opinion, that’s enough to rapidly convert the uncommitted 90% to adopt their point of view, according to...

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Is It Cyberwar?

Vote on which scenarios you think qualify as acts of war.

Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'
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Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'

Software is the core technology behind a dramatic acceleration in all areas of science, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the science community...

Administration Issues Far-Reaching Plan For Building Cyber Workforce
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Administration Issues Far-Reaching Plan For Building Cyber Workforce

The Obama administration has unveiled the first-ever roadmap for building a U.S. cybersecurity workforce and assessing federal success in raising public awareness...

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Intel Hopes Sci-Fi Will Help Future Products

For decades, measuring progress in semiconductors was easy. Every year the chips got faster and the industry moved forward. Speed matters far less these days.

London Riots: Britain Weighs Personal Freedoms Against Need to Keep Order
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London Riots: Britain Weighs Personal Freedoms Against Need to Keep Order

The British government is taking aim at social media amid the recent riots, claiming that it is undermining the country's democracy. British and Scottish authorities...

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When Social Media Mining Gets It Wrong

A complex picture of your personal life can now be pieced together using a variety of public data sources, and increasingly sophisticated data-mining techniques...

Researchers Face Budget Bind
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Researchers Face Budget Bind

Federally funded researchers are facing months of uncertainty due to the budget-cutting battle that's unfolding in Washington. But policy experts say one outcome...

Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends
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Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends

Stanford University professor Jure Leskovec is studying the traces human activity leaves on the Internet and how that data can be used to analyze human behavior...

Human Body Vulnerable to Cyberattack
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Human Body Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Security researcher Jay Radcliffe has demonstrated how a hacker could remotely attack medical devices used to treat diabetes. 

Open Source Effort Will Deliver Low-Cost Wi-Fi For All
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Open Source Effort Will Deliver Low-Cost Wi-Fi For All

The nonprofit Manna Energy Foundation's Geeks Without Frontiers initiative recently announced the final development of an inexpensive, open source Wi-Fi software...

David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media
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David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media

David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites, such as...

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Why Rioters Won't Be Protected by BlackBerry Messaging System

Those involved in the recent rioting and looting in Britain are unlikely to have their identities protected by the BlackBerry Messenger service, contrary to reports...
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