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Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI
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Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

This summer, the Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days.

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores
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Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from...

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits
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Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality
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We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone
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How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location?

Building a New Tor that Can Resist Next-Generation State Surveillance
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Building a New Tor that Can Resist Next-Generation State Surveillance

Since Edward Snowden stepped into the limelight from a hotel room in Hong Kong three years ago, use of the Tor anonymity network has grown massively.

The Ibrain Is Here
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The Ibrain Is Here


Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
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Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Chip Technology Keeps Checked Luggage in Check
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Chip Technology Keeps Checked Luggage in Check

On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore, Shvilla Rasheem arrived in Indianapolis, but her luggage did not.

98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You
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98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You

Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.

­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
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Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?
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Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?

When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222...

Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them

In February 2015, Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating system that potentially allowed a malicious attacker to remotely control...

Snapping ­p Cheap Spy Tools, Nations 'monitoring Everyone'
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Snapping ­p Cheap Spy Tools, Nations 'monitoring Everyone'

It was a national scandal. Peru's then-vice president accused two domestic intelligence agents of staking her out.

How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There
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How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There

Our machines are littered with security holes, because programmers are human.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.
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They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we've come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.
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