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The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
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The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat
From ACM News

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat

As many as 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and networked storage systems are set to be disclosed at the Black Hat computer security...

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program
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Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy
From ACM News

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy

As all things that are meant to be infallible, new technology being used in the 2014 World Cup has caused a stir.

Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride
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Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride

A white Lexus hybrid SUV inches to the left, creating a slightly wider buffer as it passes a bicyclist in the bike lane on a busy and unseasonably hot Tuesday afternoon...

All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest
From ACM Careers

All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest

When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.

Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names
From ACM Opinion

Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names

Starting next week, the Internet is going to look very different—and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehade is the one who'll get both the credit and the blame.

At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack
From ACM News

At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack

Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea...

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)
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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday struck down rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 meant to protect...

Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development
From ACM News

Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the U.S. for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to...

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password
From ACM News

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password

You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.

Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey
From ACM News

Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey

Cracking one of the most complicated cipher devices ever created—the Enigma machine—may not have been what Britain's Mavis Batey envisioned when she studied the...

Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess
From ACM News

Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess

You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a spy is just a spy.

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)
From ACM Opinion

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)

In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.

Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple
From ACM Opinion

Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple

Apple is today releasing the much-anticipated iOS 7, and with it, the biggest overhaul of its mobile operating system since it debuted in 2007 with the original...

Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic
From ACM News

Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic

Just hours after President Obama defended the National Security Agency's activities, the foreign surveillance agency released a document in which it claims to review...

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email

Silent Circle shuttered its encrypted email service on Thursday, the second such closure in just a few hours in an apparent attempt to avoid government scrutiny...

How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance
From ACM News

How the ­.s. Forces Net Firms to Cooperate on Surveillance

By wielding a potent legal threat, the U.S. government is often able to force Internet companies to aid its surveillance demands.

Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses
From ACM News

Here Come the Arabic, Russian, and Chinese Net Addresses

ICANN, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses, said it has signed agreements that will bring Chinese, Russian, and Arabic domain names...

Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations
From ACM News

Crowdsourced Videos, Photos Could Aid Boston Blast Investigations

Law enforcement officials could have something very different on their hands as they investigate the dual bomb blasts that struck the Boston Marathon finish line...
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