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China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy

The Chinese Academy of Science plans to unveil a face-recognition payment application with near-perfect accuracy next year. 

Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails
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Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails

Norway has ended a pilot online voting program. 

Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That
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Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That

A team of three Polish programmers won the Hello World Open 2014 worldwide programming competition. 

Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X
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Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X

Microsoft Research's new Special Projects Group is tasked with working on disruptive technologies that could benefit both the company and society. 

Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy
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Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 

W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing
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W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe discusses how the Web will evolve to meet the challenge of smartphone users moving to closed apps.

Hp Launching New Scholarship Program For Women in Information Security
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Hp Launching New Scholarship Program For Women in Information Security

Women interested in the theory and practice of cybersecurity can now turn to a new scholarship program launched by Hewlett-Packard to support their studies. 

Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial
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Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial

A mainframe skills shortage is approaching, but only about 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Compuware said they had a formal plan in place to address the issue. 

Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides
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Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides

The Acqualta project in Venice, aims to engage citizens in an effort to monitor flooding in the city's canals using open data and sensor technology. 

Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published
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Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published

A security freelancer  has published a proof-of-concept code for exploiting a security flaw in the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator. 

Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels
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Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels

Researchers have found that contactless payments are more vulnerable then previously believed.

STEM Education, Business Schools Need to Be Joined at Hip
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STEM Education, Business Schools Need to Be Joined at Hip

Science, technology, engineering, and math programs and business schools should find a way to collaborate and build bridges.

Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server
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Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server

A new open source development tool from Google is designed to make it easier to use Raspberry Pi computers to build Web applications.

Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials
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Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials

Norway recently held its second e-voting pilot, following an initial trial that took place during the local government elections in 2011. 

Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love
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Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love

More developers will trade a superior native experience for the lower cost of maintaining a common code base using HTML5 code in a native app container. 

20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers
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20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers

Linux is now the operating system used on 95.2 percent of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, according to the most recent Top500 supercomputer rankings. 

Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies
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Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies

Until recently, open source development community site GitHub did not have licenses for the majority of its hosted projects. 

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers
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Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux continues to dominate the list of the world's fastest supercomputers and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. 

Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too
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Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too

Microsoft has announced plans to launch three bug bounty programs designed to eliminate security vulnerabilities in its software. 

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge
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Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Researchers are working on solutions to growing power consumption, as mainstream processors are expected to contain hundreds of cores in the near future. 
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