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Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check
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Learning to Spot Fake News: Start with a Gut Check

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too
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President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the...

Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable
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Despite Its Promise, the Internet of Things Remains Vulnerable

More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?
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If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

By all accounts, technology has made us safer.

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet
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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.

Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam
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Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week about encryption and privacy, repeating his argument that "absolute privacy" hampers law enforcement. But it was...

Why Digital Security Is an 'Arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds
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Why Digital Security Is an 'Arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds

The Apple-FBI standoff, where Apple is refusing to write special software that would help investigators crack into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters...

The Cybersecurity Argument For and Against Device Encryption
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The Cybersecurity Argument For and Against Device Encryption

Government officials argue that encrypted communication poses national security risks. But tech companies say that making it possible to unlock devices would make...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'

Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world's most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls, and Extremists Reign
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Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls, and Extremists Reign

There's a side to the Internet most people have never visited.

As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions
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As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions

The rest of the month is setting up to be pretty dramatic in the Senate.

Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?
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Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?

In the stylish new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Frankenstein's old theme re-emerges in a beautifully designed setting: Instead of the Gothic castle we have a spectacular...

The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?
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The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?

My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank.

Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing
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Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

Cars and trucks today are computers, and a new report overseen by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., comes with a warning: As more vehicles have wireless connections, the...

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms of Service Agreements?
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Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms of Service Agreements?

Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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NSA Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side
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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack
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While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...
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