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Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts
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Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts

As companies increasingly allow workers to use personal smartphones and tablets on the job, they are confronting a potential new security threat: malicious software...

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...

Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?
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Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?

Google’s Project Glass has put new focus on Google X, the lab at the tech giant where engineers work to develop the next big thing.

Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything
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Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything

Tucked away in a new office block in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a kind of wireless Tomorrowland.

The Human Voice, as Game Changer
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The Human Voice, as Game Changer

Vlad Sejnoha is talking to the TV again.

The Education of Google's Larry Page
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The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.

Watching and Waiting
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Watching and Waiting

It is called an advanced persistent threat, and if it sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, that's because it pretty much is.  

Apple's War on Android
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Apple's War on Android

In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.

How Facebook 'contagion' Spreads
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How Facebook 'contagion' Spreads

To join Facebook or not to join Facebook? You might think the decision depends on how many of your friends are already on the social-networking site.

Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers
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Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers

A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize...

Computer Science For the Rest of ­S
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Computer Science For the Rest of ­S

Reading, writing, and—refactoring code?

Google's Grand Plan
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Google's Grand Plan

In a typical month, David Lawee meets two dozen founders of new companies. He grills them on their businesses, their ambitions, their funding, and their clever...

The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back
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The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back

Julie Barbour-Issa calls her eight-year-old cellphone "the dinosaur. It's a brick, and I could use it as a weapon in an emergency," says the 30-year-old Norwood...

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Online Attribution of the French Killer

Mohammed Merah, the culprit of the killing of 7 people in France last week, was found using a mix of traditional and online forensics.

Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'
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Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'

If you had to track down fugitives hidden in five cities around the world, would one day and a $5,000 reward be enough to succeed?

China's Not-So-Super Computers
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China's Not-So-Super Computers

The supercomputer in this southern boomtown is named Nebulae for the interstellar clouds of gas that give birth to stars.

Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.
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Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.

AT 7 years old, Gilad Elbaz wrote, "I want to be a rich mathematician and very smart." That, he figured, would help him "discover things like time machines, robots...

Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure
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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.

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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents' garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from...

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...
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