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Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel
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Mahdi, the Messiah, Found Infecting Systems in Iran, Israel

Who knew that when the Messiah arrived to herald the Day of Judgment he'd first root through computers to steal documents and record conversations?

New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent
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New Patent Office Fighting Tech Giants For Talent

Silicon Valley is one of four areas that will soon have a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the challenge will be how to attract and retain qualified...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

'leap Second' Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web
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'leap Second' Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web

Reddit, Mozilla, Gawker, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software underpinning their online operations...

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
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­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers
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Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers


High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge
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High Court to Hear Warrantless Eavesdropping Challenge

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether to halt a legal challenge to a once-secret warrantless surveillance program targeting Americans' communications...

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards
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Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards

Two weeks ago, a patent filing by General Motors was uncovered that proposed using data collected from its OnStar service to tailor public advertisements to individual...

Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy
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Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy

A federal appeals court last Friday upheld the National Security Agency's decision to withhold from the public documents confirming or denying any relationship...

10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space
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10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space

The view of Earth from space has transformed our understanding of, as well as our admiration for, the planet.

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure
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Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure

Researchers have released two new exploits that attack common design vulnerabilities in a computer component used to control critical infrastructure, such as refineries...

Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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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...

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

Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella
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Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella

Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really.

DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google
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DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.
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