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A Cyber Risk to the ­.s.

In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger...

Apple
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Apple

In his recent biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson says the Apple visionary revealed to him that he had finally "cracked" the problem with TV and was...

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A Hint of Deterrence in ­.s. Drone-War Strategy

Here’s the trickiest counterterrorism puzzle for U.S. policymakers: How do you stop al-Qaeda from attacking the American homeland without getting bogged down...

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­.s. Cyber Approach 'too Predictable' For One Top General

The nation’s second-ranking military official said Thursday that the U.S. approach to protecting its computer systems was "too predictable" and failed to penalize...

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A Gold Standard in Cyber-Defense

The history of Internet security is both worrisome and instructive. When the first virus — the "Morris worm"—was launched in 1988, the Internet was a closed system...

Can Tech Experts Save the ­.s. Postal Service?
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Can Tech Experts Save the ­.s. Postal Service?

Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting the technologies that have undermined the U.S. Postal Service are banding together in an attempt to save...

Why I Don't Own a Kindle
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Why I Don't Own a Kindle

I've done my part to prop up the consumer-electronics industry in recent years: a flat-panel TV downstairs and one upstairs, his and hers smartphones, not-too...

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Time to Loosen Google's Grip?

In case you hadn't noticed, Google isn't just a Web search company any longer. In addition to online advertising, it's moving into operating system and application...

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Administration Internet-Wiretap Proposals Forget History

Any headline that uses the phrase "wiretap the Internet" is likely to make people on the Internet cranky. When this wiretapping scheme comes from an administration...

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Buzz on Lie Detectors Is All a Lie, Nsa Video Says

The National Security Agency wants job applicants to know that its polygraph test is nothing to sweat. The eavesdropping and code-breaking organization has produced...

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The Cybersecurity Changes We Need

The Obama administration's progress toward the goal of making the U.S. digital infrastructure "secure, trustworthy, and resilient" has been sluggish due to the...

From Facebook, Answering Privacy Concerns with New Settings
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From Facebook, Answering Privacy Concerns with New Settings

Six years ago, we built Facebook around a few simple ideas. People want to share and stay connected with their friends and the people around them. If we give people...

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App Rejected? There's a Rule For That.

The story could have been programmed to draw media coverage, were it not for its implausibility: Apple (a reader magnet) banned a future Pulitzer Prize winner's...

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The Fcc's Visible Hand

 By the Federal Communications Commission's own account, broadband use in the United States has exploded over the past decade: "Fueled primarily by private sector...

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Why It's So Hard For Toyota to Find Out What's Wrong

I won't lie to you: I was not a good engineering student. That's one of the reasons I went into journalism. But I managed to acquire a bachelor of sciences in mechanical...

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Mike Mcconnell on How to Win the Cyber-War We're Losing

The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It's that simple. As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance...

Robots With the Right Stuff
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Robots With the Right Stuff

Humans are outsourcing space exploration to machines thanks to remarkable technological advances that came about in the second half of the 20th century, writes...

How to Cross the Digital Divide, Rwanda-Style
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How to Cross the Digital Divide, Rwanda-Style

Rwanda is emerging as an interesting test case on how a digital divide is actually being bridged in a methodical, well-thought-out, step-by-step manner. The first...
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