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No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, For Lots of Reasons
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No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You, For Lots of Reasons

If you've been feeling a little paranoid lately—like even your standing mixer may be spying on you—rest assured that Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway shares...

I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me
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I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me

Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both.

Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything
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Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen — or Ruin Everything

Congress can address all open questions about robocar technologies and ensure they succeed. Or they can screw it all up.

Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End
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Police Could Get Your Location Data Without a Warrant. That Has to End

The more we rely on technology, the more detailed a technological footprint we leave behind.

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.

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.

The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone
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The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Digital devices and software programs are complicated. Behind the pointing and clicking on screen are thousands of processes and routines that make everything work...

The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War
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The Next President Will Decide the Fate of Killer Robots, and the Future of War

The next president will have a range of issues on their plate, from how to deal with growing tensions with China and Russia, to an ongoing war against ISIS.

At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality
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At 25, the World Wide Web Is Still a Long Way From Reality

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the World Wide Web, publishing the first public webpage. Well, maybe.

Wikileaks Has Officially Lost the Moral High Ground
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Wikileaks Has Officially Lost the Moral High Ground

What the heck is going on at WikiLeaks?
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