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Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance
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Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance

Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations, an internal government...

Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones
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Dhs Built Domestic Surveillance Tech Into Predator Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance...

Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers
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Feds Crack Down on Mobile-Phone Spammers

The U.S Federal Trade Commission said today that it is cracking down on marketers that are allegedly bombarding consumers with hundreds of millions of unwanted on...

Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming
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Hevc Video Standard Finished; High-End Improvements Coming

The Moving Picture Experts Group has developed the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). The video-compression technology will enable higher-quality video, and also...

Privacy Professor to Try to Break Do Not Track Logjam
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Privacy Professor to Try to Break Do Not Track Logjam

  Ohio State University professor and new World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) co-chair Peter Swire is attempting to create a standard way to let users stop Web sites...

Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition
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Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition

When Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini retires in May, he'll leave a mixed record.

­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers
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­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers

Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras.

Ftc Offers $50,000 to Robocall Killers
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Ftc Offers $50,000 to Robocall Killers

The Federal Trade Commission is offering a cash reward of $50,000 to whoever develops a solution to block robotic calling on both landlines and mobiles.

How the Pros Thwart Computer Spies with James Bond Tricks
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How the Pros Thwart Computer Spies with James Bond Tricks

H.D. Moore wasn't taking chances.

A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware
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A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware

What do Stuxnet, Duqu, Gauss, Mahdi, Flame, Wiper, and Shamoon have in common?

Inside Huawei, the Chinese Tech Giant That's Rattling Nerves in D.c.
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Inside Huawei, the Chinese Tech Giant That's Rattling Nerves in D.c.

Chen Lifang is a bit flummoxed.

Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'
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Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'

According to Velvin Hogan, the 67-year-old foreman of the jury in the U.S. trial between the Apple and Samsung, one of the turning points in group's journey to came...

Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech
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Inside Intellectual Ventures, the Most Hated Company in Tech

To many in the high-tech business, a troll plots his schemes in a white office building on a hill in this leafy suburb of Seattle.

From ACM News

Browser Choice: A Thing of the Past?

Like to pick your browser? Beware, because new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browsers on PCs.

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure
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Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure

Every year, security vendors gather at the RSA conference here to reaffirm their commitment to fencing out hackers and keeping data safe. And every year, corporate...

In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model
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In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model

Recent weeks have seen a lot of (overdue) talk about privacy and technology. There was theflap over Path and other mobile apps uploading your phone's address books...

Standards Leader Blasts Html5 Video Copy Protection
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Standards Leader Blasts Html5 Video Copy Protection

Microsoft, Google, and Netflix recently proposed a standard for copy-protected Web video, but HTML editor Ian Hickson calls it impractical and unethical.  

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security
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Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security

When it launched in 2010, NuCaptcha touted its proprietary technology as being able to "provide the highest level of security available" by using video streams...
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