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The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence
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The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence

If you're among the companies vying for one of the nearly 2,000 new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, you've got big pockets. The application alone costs about...

Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate
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Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate

An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including .app, .blog, and .web...

Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros
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Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros

Leading cyber experts warned of a shortage of talented computer security experts in the United States, making it difficult to protect corporate and government networks...

Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences
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Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences

In China, sometimes having the first-mover advantage is often no advantage at all. Case in point: Apple vs. Google.

'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching
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'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching

From a trading desk in London, Paul Hawtin monitors the fire hose of more than 340 million Twitter posts flying around the world each day to try to assess the collective...

Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room
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Microsoft Wants to Serve You Ads Based on What You Do in Your Living Room

A new patent application from Microsoft points to a future in which your Kinect watches you, and sends ads based on your mood.

From ACM News

Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

Google Fights Back in China
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Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon
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Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon

That little iPhone in your pocket is perfectly positioned to become a clone of the credit cards in your wallet or purse.

China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley
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China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Now at a critical juncture in its quest to become a superpower, China is turning to Western regions like the Silicon Valley for help with its next technical leap...

From ACM News

Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...

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Intel Community's Sharing of Cyber Tools Raises Legal Questions

Before the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010, a combatant commander who wanted to take down an enemy’s surface-to-air missile sites or other defenses...

Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China
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Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China

Anyone who has ever written in Chinese on a computer, or composed a text message on their phone in that language, knows the typing process is not nearly as simple...

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks
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Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks

As Congress boosts spending on cybersecurity and mulls over new data safety requirements on private industry, some companies stand to get rich.

A Dive Into the Digital Deep
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A Dive Into the Digital Deep

When next winter's storms subside, a specialized ship will begin a slow crossing, lowering a skinny cable into its wake along a precisely prescribed path: the shortest...

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

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...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...
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