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'live-Fire' Cyberwar-In-A-Box Tests Mettle of Military, It Pros
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'live-Fire' Cyberwar-In-A-Box Tests Mettle of Military, It Pros

In August, a collection of military, government, and nongovernmental humanitarian organizations from 22 countries in the Pacific gathered in Singapore for Pacific...

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm
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In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm

A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for...

Steven Sinofsky: Microsoft's Controversial Mr. Windows 8
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Steven Sinofsky: Microsoft's Controversial Mr. Windows 8

Two years ago, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was working on a file synchronization technology that would make stashing and grabbing pictures, documents...

At Technology High School, Goal Isn't to Finish in 4 Years
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At Technology High School, Goal Isn't to Finish in 4 Years

Flakes of green paint are peeling from the third-floor windowsills.

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
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Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age—a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you...

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet
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Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet

One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.

Who Controls the Internet?
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Who Controls the Internet?

Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Advanced Computer Simulator Aids in Emergency Service Management
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Advanced Computer Simulator Aids in Emergency Service Management

Researchers in the Autonomous University of Barcelona's High Performance Computing for Efficient Applications and Simulation group have devised a computer simulator...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
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The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.

Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?
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Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?

It's an unseasonably cold early October evening in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is giving his elevator pitch to a flustered but rapt...

Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.
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Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.

In the years to come, a top group of military scientists believe, the Pentagon may be able to use genomics and bio-markers to spot when a soldier is about to snap...

Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed
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Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed

While Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were duking it out last Thursday night over U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was warning...

New Progamming Language Makes Social Coding Easier
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New Progamming Language Makes Social Coding Easier

The open source Dog programming language from MIT researchers could make it easier and more intuitive to code social apps, as well as enable novices to learn coding...

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...

What Comes After the Touch Screen?
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What Comes After the Touch Screen?

In a few short years, the technologies found in today's mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed...

What Are Grand Technology and Scientific Challenges for the 21st Century?
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What Are Grand Technology and Scientific Challenges for the 21st Century?

What are the next Big Things in science and technology? Teleportation? Unlimited clean Energy? The scientists and researchers at DARPA and the White House Office...

Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case
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Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case

The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s bid to hold the nation’s telecoms liable for allegedly providing the...

China 'strongly Opposes' U.s. Report About Chinese Telecom Firms
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China 'strongly Opposes' U.s. Report About Chinese Telecom Firms

China's Commerce Ministry announced Tuesday it "strongly opposes" a report that alleged Chinese telecommunication companies Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Corp...
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