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Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring
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Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time—and says it uses that information to predict the future.

Defcon Ninja Party Badge
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Defcon Ninja Party Badge

A hacker group known as the Ninjas has created what may be the best DefCon badge ever. The badge allows wireless ninja battle between badge holders. Unlike the...

High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps
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High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps

A new research breakthrough from Intel combines silicon chips and lasers to transmit data at 50 gigabits per second—and someday, maybe as fast as a terabit per...

Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm
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Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial...

DARPA
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DARPA

Darpa’s leading advocate for crowdsourcing and other ways of tapping new talent is leaving to join Microsoft—after only a year at the Defense Department’s top R&D...

In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help
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In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help

In mid-June, a single-turbine helicopter took off from a test field in Mesa, Arizona, avoided obstacles in-flight, scoped out a landing site and landed safely....

DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand
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DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand

Before a bomb gets dropped in Afghanistan, dozens of people weigh in: air controllers bark coordinates over a radio; officers double-check the target’s location...

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Intel's Cure For Home Energy Management: Answering Machines

Intel may have come up with a way to solve one of the most pressing problems with home energy management consoles, and the solution harks back to the early '80s...

Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens
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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture...

Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech
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Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, NATO warplanes dropped precision-guided munitions on a band of Afghans who seemed like militants in the provincial district of Andor....

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Is Breaking Captcha a Crime?

Prosecutors in a New Jersey ticket scalping case are pushing the envelope on the federal computer hacking law, setting a precedent that could make it a felony to...

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair
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With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise. Wikileaks’ submission process, which had been degraded for...

How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of Office 2010
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How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of Office 2010

For several years, Denise Carlevato has studied millions of mouse clicks and keystrokes made by anonymous computer users from all over the world. Her objective:...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

Even for the Pentagon’s science-fiction division, it seemed like a stretch. But in 2007, Darpa really did launch an effort to build programmable matter that could...

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Nsa Gets Geeky After Dark, New Docs Show

It's an agency staffed by some of the government's top hackers, brainiest cryptographers, and most sophisticated network defenders. But when employees at the NSA...

Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October
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Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October

 Oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the Atlantic Ocean within six months, says oceanographer Synte Peacock. Exactly when...

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Bill Would Give Feds 'Emergency' Powers to Secure Civilian Nets

A U.S. Senate draft bill would give the federal government the power to take over civilian networks' security, if there's an "imminent cyber threat" and provides...

Cyber Command: We Don
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Cyber Command: We Don

Members of the military’s new Cyber Command insist that they’ve got no interest in taking over civilian Internet security--or even in becoming the Pentagon’s primary...

DARPA
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DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

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DARPA Wants Code to Spot

Can software spot a cyberspy’s tricky intentions, before he’s started to help the other side? The way-out researchers at Darpa think so.
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