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Web Plan From Google and Verizon Is Criticized

Google and Verizon's proposal for how Internet service should be regulated was criticized by groups in favor of keeping the Web as open as possible.

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P ? Np? It's Bad News For the Power of Computing

Has the biggest question in computer science been solved? On 6 August, Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, sentdraft...

Google Mapping Worries Spread
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Google Mapping Worries Spread

South Korea police raid Internet giant's offices; German officials criticize plan to roll out Street View in 20 cities.

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A Sidewalk Disappearing Act

Automatically removing people from street-level imagery could help prevent privacy complaints.

Driverless Cars Just Around the Corner
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Driverless Cars Just Around the Corner

Researchers worldwide are developing technologies that enable cars to drive themselves. "You can buy a car today that I'd like to say is 90 percent driverless,"...

DOC Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity and Its Impact on Innovation
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DOC Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity and Its Impact on Innovation

The U.S. Department of Commerce has published a Notice of Inquiry on "Cybersecurity, Innovation, and Internet Policy." The department seeks comments from all stakeholders...

$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers
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$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers

A University of Pittsburgh research team recently received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to solve some of the problems preventing...

Wireless Car Sensors Vulnerable to Hackers
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Wireless Car Sensors Vulnerable to Hackers

Hackers could "hijack" the wireless pressure sensors built into many cars' tires, researchers have found. Criminals might then track a vehicle or force its electronic...

 ­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers
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­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers

Computers that can perform a quintillion calculations per second are being planned by the U.S. military.

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Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead

A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should...

Google, Verizon Propose Open vs Paid Internets
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Google, Verizon Propose Open vs Paid Internets

Google and Verizon announced a joint proposal on Monday that would allow ISPs to offer premium content bundles over an unspecified global network—an unexpected...

Connecting Electronic Medical Records
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Connecting Electronic Medical Records

Looking out his office window in Seattle, Thomas Payne can see two hospitals that use the same electronic record system as his own. And yet, says Payne, medical...

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On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only

You may not know a company called [x+1] Inc., but it may well know a lot about you.

Pentagon Demands Wikileaks
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Pentagon Demands Wikileaks

A Pentagon spokesman on Thursday demanded that the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks return and delete all the classified Defense Department documents in its...

For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One
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For Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal Is Job One

Kevin Mitnick was eager to participate in a social-engineering contest at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas last weekend and was told he would target Microsoft...

Wikileaks Backlash Could Mean Less Data For Soldiers
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Wikileaks Backlash Could Mean Less Data For Soldiers

Information shared with troops may be restricted.

Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web
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Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web

Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth...

Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways
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Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways

After years of negotiations, a plan is afoot to wire New York City's subway platforms for both cellular and WiFi service, a move that may see service extend into...

Why Sex?
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Why Sex?

Computer science proposes a new solution to one of evolutionary theory's oldest problems.

Web Attack Knows Where You Live
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Web Attack Knows Where You Live

One visit to a booby-trapped Web site could direct attackers to a person's home, a security expert has shown.
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