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March 2012


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Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists

Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists

Computer science techniques have enabled archaeologists to discover about 9,000 possible early human settlements across 23,000 square miles in northeastern Syria.


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Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps

Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps

Android is gradually slipping down mobile programmers' priority list, with Web apps stepping in as an answer to development difficulties, according to a recent Appcelerator survey.  


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Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.

Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.

AT 7 years old, Gilad Elbaz wrote, "I want to be a rich mathematician and very smart." That, he figured, would help him "discover things like time machines, robots and machines that can answer any question."


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Fbi Still Struggling With Supreme Court's Gps Ruling

Fbi Still Struggling With Supreme Court's Gps Ruling

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court said police had overstepped their legal authority by planting a GPS tracker on the car of a suspected drug dealer without getting a search warrant.


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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.


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The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency.


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Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

When Jeff Rae was arrested last October with hundreds of other Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge, he decided to fight the charges, believing he had been entrapped.


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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents' garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October…


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Duqu Mystery Language Solved With the Help of Crowdsourcing

Duqu Mystery Language Solved With the Help of Crowdsourcing

Kaspersky Lab researchers have determined the programming language used to generate the code for the DuQu virus' communications functions.  


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Scale-Out Processors: Bridging the Efficiency Gap Between Servers and Emerging Cloud Workloads

Scale-Out Processors: Bridging the Efficiency Gap Between Servers and Emerging Cloud Workloads

EPFL professor Babak Falsafi recently presented "Clearing the Clouds: A Study of Emerging Workloads on Modern Hardware," which received the best paper award at ASPLOS 2012.  


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Education Woes Linked to National Security

Education Woes Linked to National Security

A report furnished by a U.S. task force warned that unless the American educational system improves, national security and economic prosperity will be threatened.  


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After Rutgers Spycam Case, ­niversities Grapple With Privacy Online

After Rutgers Spycam Case, ­niversities Grapple With Privacy Online

The conviction of Dharun Ravi in the Rutgers webcam spying trial last week raises difficult questions for universities when it comes to protecting students online and ensuring their policies keep up with the realities of campus…


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Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past

Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past

Mining personal data to discover what people care about has become big business for companies such as Facebook and Google. Now a project from Microsoft Research is trying to bring that kind of data mining back home to help people…


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The Soul of the New Hacktivist

The Soul of the New Hacktivist

In 1988, a Cornell graduate student, Robert Tappan Morris, let loose a computer worm on the fledgling version of the Internet. He said it was meant to be an experiment, but the code he wrote spun out of his control, affecting…


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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011 will be remembered as the year hacktivists out-stole cybercriminals…


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Robotics Trends For 2012

Robotics Trends For 2012

IEEE's Erico Guizzo and Hizook.com founder Travis Deyle make several predictions regarding what will be big news in robotics this year.


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Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping

Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping

University of California, Merced professor Shawn Newsam is researching the viability of using multimedia collections as volunteered geographic information for mapping purposes.  


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Carnegie Mellon Mobile App Secures Communications

Carnegie Mellon Mobile App Secures Communications

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed SafeSlinger, a mobile application that helps users establish trusted relationships with others for spur-of-the-moment digital transactions.  


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The Snails of War

The Snails of War

The electric snail is here. There's an electric cockroach too.


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iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

The new iPad costs about $364.35 for its bill of materials, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. 


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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free versions of Android apps use up to 75 percent of their energy serving ads or tracking and uploading user data, says Purdue University's Abhinav Pathak. Free apps can drain a smartphone's battery in approximately 90 minutes…


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­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

­.s. Accelerating Cyberweapon Research

Former and current U.S. officials say the Pentagon is ramping up projects to develop next-generation cyberweapons that can disrupt enemy military networks even when they have no Internet connection.


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A Camera That Peers Around Corners

A Camera That Peers Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that can produce recognizable three-dimensional images of objects located around corners and outside of the camera's line of sight.


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DARPA Challenge Doesn't Go Viral on Twitter

DARPA Challenge Doesn't Go Viral on Twitter

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recent ended its Cash for Locating and Identifying Quick Response Codes challenge without anyone successfully completing the contest's full task.


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Study: Including Ads in Mobile Apps Poses Privacy, Security Risks

Study: Including Ads in Mobile Apps Poses Privacy, Security Risks

North Carolina State University researchers recently conducted a study on the privacy and security risks associated with mobile application advertisements, and found that some apps included aggressive ad libraries which pose…


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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.


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The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

For those of you reluctant to welcome our new robot overloads, it might be time to reconsider your stance.


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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Struggling to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help.


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Hp Scientists Envision 10-Teraflop Manycore Chip

Hp Scientists Envision 10-Teraflop Manycore Chip

Hewlett-Packard's research division is developing Corona, a manycore chipset designed to outperform existing average-sized high-performance computing clusters.  


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Ethics Fight Over Domain Name Intensifies

Ethics Fight Over Domain Name Intensifies

The U.S. Commerce Department's announcement that it will temporarily extend ICANN's current Internet Assigned Numbers Authority contract for six months instead of renewing it prompted soon-to-depart ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom to…