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Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'
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Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of...

Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar
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Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar

When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of...

The World's Best Cyber Army Doesn't Belong to Russia
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The World's Best Cyber Army Doesn't Belong to Russia

National attention is focused on Russian eavesdroppers' possible targeting of U.S. presidential candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend Eu Privacy Law Globally
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Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend Eu Privacy Law Globally

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has said an attempt by France to give an online privacy ruling global force is opening up a "disastrous can of worms" and could...

Failure of New ­.s. Weapons Systems May Be More Than Science Fiction
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Failure of New ­.s. Weapons Systems May Be More Than Science Fiction

A war between China and America is a favorite subject of armchair military analysts. Why would it happen? How would it play out?

Why Nsa Surveillance Is Worse Than You've Ever Imagined
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Why Nsa Surveillance Is Worse Than You've Ever Imagined

Last summer, after months of encrypted emails, I spent three days in Moscow hanging out with Edward Snowden for a Wired cover story.

Father of Web Tells Russia's Putin: Internet Is Not a 'cia Project'
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Father of Web Tells Russia's Putin: Internet Is Not a 'cia Project'

The inventor of the World Wide Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by U.S...

Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'
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Nsa Chief on Tech-Savvy Islamic State: 'i'm Watching'

While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency...

Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert
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Anatomy of an Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working in Concert

In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.

At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?
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At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?

Technology is hard. Valet parking and coat check rooms are not, at least for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World
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The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World

No Exit, the new book from Gideon Lewis-Kraus, should be required reading for anybody who thinks it might be a good idea to found a startup in Silicon Valley.

As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check
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As Facebook Grows ­p, Grand Ambitions Get Reality Check

Facebook, which once seemed poised to take over the Internet, is showing its limitations: a host of newer services are gaining ground among trend-setting youth;...

Google Services Should Not Require Real Names: Vint Cerf
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Google Services Should Not Require Real Names: Vint Cerf

In the face of increasing government-led crackdowns on social media, Google Inc. should not force Internet users to reveal their real names for some services, including...

Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life
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Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life

It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones...

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Internet Regulation Seen at National Level As Treaty Talks Fail

The world's major Internet companies, backed by U.S. policymakers, got much of what they wanted last week when many nations refused to sign a global telecommunications...

How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet
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How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet

The Internet has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/PIPA...

From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?
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From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?

In a pre-iPhone age, mobile phones came in all shapes and sizes. Remember the clamshell, candy bar, swivel, backflip, slider, dual-slider, lipstick, and, of course...

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...

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Web Privacy Rules Turn Poachers into Gamekeepers

When you "like" something on Facebook or read an online newspaper, perhaps a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on your tastes, your habits, whether...

Google's Diplomatic Alliance with ­.s. Carries Risks
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Google's Diplomatic Alliance with ­.s. Carries Risks

Google Inc.'s mastery of Internet search technology is unrivaled, but the high-tech pioneer is in uncharted territory as it finds itself embroiled in U.S. diplomatic...
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