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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix
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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

We should think twice before allowing autonomous AI systems to decide what research warrants publication.

Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets
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Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets

Fake news isn't just Macedonian teenagers or internet trolls.

Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil
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Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil

There is little doubt that the web is the greatest gift that any intelligence agency could have ever asked for.

Just in Time For Trump, the Nsa Loosens Its Privacy Rules
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Just in Time For Trump, the Nsa Loosens Its Privacy Rules

As the privacy and civil liberty community braces for Donald Trump's impending control of US intelligence agencies like the NSA, critics have called on the Obama...

Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder
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Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency; It's Something Way Weirder

The value of bitcoin surged past $1,000 this week, the first time it has reached such heights since late 2013.

Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good For People and Business
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Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good For People and Business

The invention and commercialization of the internet is one of the things that makes America great.

Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (unless 2016 Was All a Dream)
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Here's What Happens to Tech in 2017 (unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

What does 2017 hold for the world of tech and media?

The Biggest Security Threats Coming in 2017
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The Biggest Security Threats Coming in 2017

Whether it was a billion compromised Yahoo accounts or state-sponsored Russian hackers muscling in on the US election, this past year saw hacks of unprecedented...

The Year Encryption Won
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The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at...

Dear Mr. Trump: To 'cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain
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Dear Mr. Trump: To 'cyber' Better, Try the Blockchain

A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took several high-profile websites—Twitter, Amazon, the New York Times, even WIRED—offline in October.

Trump Ignoring ­S Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking
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Trump Ignoring ­S Intelligence Creates Risks Beyond Russian Hacking

Observers and alumni of America's intelligence community have already fretted over Donald Trump's impending control of the world's most powerful spy agencies.

Trump's Immigration Crackdown Could Spark a Tech Brain Drain
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Trump's Immigration Crackdown Could Spark a Tech Brain Drain

Clément Garnier doesn't know how much time he has left.

Trump’s Win Signals Open Season for Russia's Political Hackers
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Trump’s Win Signals Open Season for Russia's Political Hackers

Yesterday, America elected as president the apparently preferred candidate of Russia's intelligence agencies.

It's Finally Legal To Hack Your Own Devices (even Your Car)
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It's Finally Legal To Hack Your Own Devices (even Your Car)

You may have thought that if you owned your digital devices, you were allowed to do whatever you like with them.

Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List For You
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Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List For You

Ask not what the government can do for Silicon Valley; ask what Silicon Valley can do for the government.

Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job
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Dwarf Planets Aren't Big News, Because Astronomy Is Doing a Great Job

Last week, astronomers  announced the discovery of DeeDee, a possible dwarf planet. That name—dwarf planet—means it is like Pluto: Massive enough to assume a spherical...

Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars
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Inside Nat Geo's Incredible Documentary Mission to Mars

A spaceship is preparing to land on Mars when the crew notices that one of the thrusters isn’t firing.

I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine
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I Just Want Nate Silver to Tell Me It's All Going to Be Fine

Evan has a habit. He's not ashamed of it, but he doesn't want to reveal too much about himself, lest his colleagues learn how he’s spending so much of his time.

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes
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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.

An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet
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An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet

Today, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will engage its thrusters for one final maneuver: a suicidal plunge toward the comet it has been orbiting...
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