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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
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A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media
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Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: "Fold up...

Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'
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Verizon, At&t Tracking Their Users with 'supercookies'

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed "supercookies"—markers...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking
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Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking

In the heart of Hong Kong, where the largest pro-Democracy protest to challenge Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square gathering has been brewing, some protesters...

Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo
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Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Home Exploring Robot Butler has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions. 

So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?
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So You Want to Hack Apple Pay?

A decade ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University grad students tried to hack one of the first commercially popular Near Field Communication payment systems—the...

For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe
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For Sale: Systems that Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone ­sers Go Around the Globe

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they...

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone
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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders ­ses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.

How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'toys' from Law Enforcement
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How Spy Agencies Keep Their 'toys' from Law Enforcement

A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo...

Forget Touchscreens, 3D Holographic Displays Are Coming
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Forget Touchscreens, 3D Holographic Displays Are Coming

As it stands, the touchscreen experience is confined to a flat, two-dimensional world.

Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies
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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies

If you thought Elon Musk was the only person coming up with innovative ideas for the exploration of outer space, you'd be wrong.

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions
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'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip.

When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?
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When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?

Self-driving cars have an undeniable allure: Think of all the fun things you could do if you didn't have to keep your eyes on the road!

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security
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The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Does Bitcoin risk endangering the nation's safety? The Pentagon thinks it might.

How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future
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How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future

In the labs of George Washington University, students are laboring in labs covered in black-and-white dotted paper, puzzling out how to make a machine that understands...

Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts
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Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts

Chad Bouton snapped awake at 5 a.m.

Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence
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Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence

Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data...

Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence
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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
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A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."
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