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Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack
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Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack

Two weekends ago, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wreckage of Air France 447—a jetliner that crashed in the deep...

There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web
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There's No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web

A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, email addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers. Everything ends up...

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Five Gadgets that Will Be Dead in Five Years

If there's one thing that's predictable in the technology world, it's that things change. Products that were commonplace 10 years ago (PDAs, CRT televisions,...

Sputnik Helped Launch Career of Professor
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Sputnik Helped Launch Career of Professor

The Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth, had a profound impact on American higher education, and drove Andrew Romberger...

Sputnik Helped Launch Career of Professor
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Sputnik Helped Launch Career of Professor

The Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth, had a profound impact on American higher education, and drove Andrew Romberger...

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The Names

As long as it took to find and kill Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, it has taken even longer to commemorate the thousands...

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...

In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green
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In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green

Reuse, recycle, repurpose, renewables. This past Earth Day, we heard a lot about these concepts. As important as they are, I've noticed one phrase missing from...

Your Data Isn't Secure, Don't Trust Companies to Keep It Safe
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Your Data Isn't Secure, Don't Trust Companies to Keep It Safe

It's time for a major change in the way our personal, private data is handled. We need to take back our data from companies that are unwilling and unable to protect...

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)
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Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

As U.S. special forces assaulted Osama bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan, a Twitter user was already recording a rough outline of the events to come.  Sohaib...

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing
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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the...

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine ever invented" in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social...

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Conspiracies Say Bin Laden Lives

The decision to drop terror chieftain Osama bin Laden’s corpse into the Arabian Sea was the final meticulous step in a raid whose details were calculated to exert...

The Persistence of Conspiracy Theories
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The Persistence of Conspiracy Theories

No sooner had President Obama released his long-form birth certificate than Orly Taitz, the doyenne of the "birther" movement, found reason to doubt it.

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Iran's Answer to Stuxnet

Might a "halal Internet" be in the wings?

Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.
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Your Iphone Is Tracking You. So What.

Have you heard the news? Two researchers have discovered that the iPhone keeps a minute-by-minute, time-stamped log of everywhere you go. That’s right: Your phone...

The Importance of Reviewing the Code
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The Importance of Reviewing the Code

Highlighting the significance of the often overlooked underlying software used to produce research results.

Bell Labs and Centralized Innovation
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Bell Labs and Centralized Innovation

In early 1935, a man named Clarence Hickman had a secret machine, about six feet tall, standing in his office. Hickman was...

Reaching Learners Beyond Our Hallowed Halls
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Reaching Learners Beyond Our Hallowed Halls

Rethinking the design of computer science courses and broadening the definition of computing education both on and off campus.

Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy
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Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy

Studying how privacy regulation might impact economic activity on the advertising-supported Internet.
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