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The Next Big Thing in Analytics: Tracking Your Cursor's Every Move
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The Next Big Thing in Analytics: Tracking Your Cursor's Every Move

Media, search engines, advertisers and social networks have been tracking what you click since the birth of the Web, but this measurement yields an incomplete...

How People Broadcast Their Locations Without Meaning To
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How People Broadcast Their Locations Without Meaning To

Smartphones include geotagging features many people aren't aware of.

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The Botnets That Won't Die

New communications schemes could make zombie PC networks far more difficult to shut down.

Busting the Botnets
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Busting the Botnets

They're the scourge of the Internet—networks containing thousands or even millions of virus-infected, remote-controlled PCs. These so-called "botnets" send out...

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Social Search, Without a Social Network

Google may be built on an algorithm for taming the Web, but yesterday the company added social features that will let your friends help determine what ranks high...

Taking Control of Cars From Afar
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Taking Control of Cars From Afar

Researchers who have spent the last two years studying the security of car computer systems have revealed that they can take control of vehicles wirelessly.

Spotting Virtual Intruders
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Spotting Virtual Intruders

Handing sensitive data over to a cloud computing provider makes many companies skittish. But new software, called HomeAlone, could help them come to terms with...

Tracking Trick Shows the Web Where You Are
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Tracking Trick Shows the Web Where You Are

A new technique from Microsoft Research Silicon Valley could be used to target advertising to users' surroundings without their knowledge.

Watch Where You're Going
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Watch Where You're Going

Businesses are quietly buying mobile-phone data to discover the paths that consumers take.

Anticensorship Tool Proves Too Good to Be True
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Anticensorship Tool Proves Too Good to Be True

Experts warn that the software could identify those it claims to protect.

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A Sidewalk Disappearing Act

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

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...

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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The Hunt For the Wikileaks Whistle-Blower

Attorney General Eric Holder's new probe into Wikileaks's posting of 91,000 war documents will likely find that tracing the path of the documents back through the...

Ads that Match a Web Page's Images
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Ads that Match a Web Page's Images

Using the contents of images or videos to target Web ads could improve click-through.

Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends
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Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends

Each time you make a cellphone call, your network provider knows whom you're calling, for how long, and what device you're using. Now researchers at one of the...

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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.

New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy
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New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy

Security experts said this week that they were cheered by calls from General Keith Alexander, head of the new U.S. Cyber Command, for global rules of engagement...

Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers
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Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers

Google recently gave away a piece of intellectual property the company gained after its $120 million acquisition of On2 three months ago.

Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos
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Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos

Cell phone companies are finding that they're sitting on a gold mine--in the form of the call records of their subscribers.
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