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Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet
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Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

Earlier this month, President Obama argued that wealthy business people owe some of their success to the government's investment in education and basic infrastructure...

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
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Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device

Stuart Crabb, a director in the executive offices of Facebook, naturally likes to extol the extraordinary benefits of computers and smartphones. 

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers
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Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers

In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect that trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian...

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century
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Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century

Samsung Electronics Co. recently leapfrogged Apple Inc. as the world's largest seller of smartphones.

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
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Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
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Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares
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Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares

Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour announced that Iran has successfully confronted sophisticated spy malwares and thwarted...

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?
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Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational...

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking
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Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking

If you're a student of the privacy and tech law worlds (or you just read Ars) then you're probably familiar with last year's Supreme Court decision, Jones v. United...

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks
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Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers...

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets
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The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction...

Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'
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Apple Granted 'the Mother of All Smartphone Software Patents'

Both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.

The Moore's Law Moon Shot
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The Moore's Law Moon Shot

It is seemingly a fact of life that every new generation of computing gadget will be significantly more powerful than the one before, but a looming technical roadblock...

Gov. Cuomo Uses Blackberry Pin-to-Pin Messaging System to Contact Key Staffers When They Can't Talk on the Phone
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Gov. Cuomo Uses Blackberry Pin-to-Pin Messaging System to Contact Key Staffers When They Can't Talk on the Phone

There's one phrase Gov. Cuomo never hears: "You’ve got mail!" 

In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley
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In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley

For more than a decade the CIA has run its own venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel. It was founded in the late 1990s when the CIA was drowning in data and didn't...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

The Death of Cash
From ACM News

The Death of Cash

Café Grumpy is the kind of hipster hangout that wouldn't deign to trumpet itself.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
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The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks
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Tridium's Niagara Framework: Marvel of Connectivity Illustrates New Cyber Risks

John Sublett and his colleagues had an audacious, digital-age plan. They wanted to use the Internet to enable businesses to manage any kind of electronic device...
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