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10 Ways a Digital Big Brother Can Be Good For You
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10 Ways a Digital Big Brother Can Be Good For You

The opening passage from George Orwell's "1984" depicts a guy hustling up a stairwell that's plastered with giant posters of a man's face staring at him.

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Appeals Court Holds Email Privacy Protected By Fourth Amendment

In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search...

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China Surpasses Japan in R&d as Powers Shift

China is expected to to spend $153.7 billion on research & development in 2011 and become the world's second biggest R&D spender, overtaking Japan and trailing...

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Senator Proposes Cybersecurity Standards

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced legislation that requires top government officials to determine whether it would be cost effective to mandate that Internet...

WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones
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WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones

Black Friday has passed, but the holidays are upon us and shopping days are increasingly few. Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that tiny emirate...

Life Goes Online After Death with 'memory Boxes'
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Life Goes Online After Death with 'memory Boxes'

The death of a close, elderly relative can often mean a sombre weekend or two going through old things, sorting through photographs, donating old clothes to charity...

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Cryptographers Chosen to Duke It Out in Final Fight

A competition to find a replacement for one of the gold-standard computer security algorithms used in almost all secure, online transactions just heated up.

The Shadow War
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The Shadow War

Someone is killing Iran’s nuclear scientists. But a computer worm may be the scarier threat.

Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites

Search giant displays its own health, shopping, local content ahead of links to competing sites.

Sartre Car Platoon Road Tests to Begin
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Sartre Car Platoon Road Tests to Begin

The Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project in Europe has begun to integrate software and hardware into two vehicles that will be used in its first...

Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han Starts to Think Small (devices)
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Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han Starts to Think Small (devices)

For years now, Jeff Han has been working on large-screen multitouch displays. Han and his company, Perceptive Pixel, are best known for creating the giant touch...

Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data
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Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data

Almost two years ago, President Obama pledged $19 billion in stimulus incentives to help convert the nation’s doctors and hospitals to using a paperless system...

A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer
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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer

Before the birth of Christ the Greeks built a mechanical computer. Now an Apple engineer has made a functional Lego replica.

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NSF Extends Program to Draw African Americans to Careers in Robotics, Computer Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation is extending its support of the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact Alliance, a program designed to encourage...

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Su Receives $3.4 Million Federal Grant to Benefit Women in Sciences

Syracuse University recently received a five-year, $3.4 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study ways to attract and retain more female professors...

Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info
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Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info

An electronic wallet that encrypts the owner's personal information is being developed by IBM researchers. The device will only allow the sharing of information...

War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene
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War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene

It's a good time to be a software programmer in New York City.

Rensselaer Research Leader Francine Berman Named Fellow of Ieee
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Rensselaer Research Leader Francine Berman Named Fellow of Ieee

Cyber infrastructure pioneer Francine Berman, the vice president for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical...

Doe Awards Nist Millions of Supercomputing Hours, Aims For 'concrete Results'
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Doe Awards Nist Millions of Supercomputing Hours, Aims For 'concrete Results'

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a NIST team of researchers millions of hours of supercomputing time to analyze concrete flow, with the aim of improving...

­.S. Government, Businesses Are Poorly Prepared for Cyber Attacks, Experts Say at AAAS
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­.S. Government, Businesses Are Poorly Prepared for Cyber Attacks, Experts Say at AAAS

The United States is ill-prepared to defend its vital infrastructure against a cyber attack, a former top cybersecurity official said during a recent panel discussion...
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