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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices
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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices

Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.

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Study: Google-China Attack Driven by Amateurs

The computer attack which led Google to threaten leaving China and created a firestorm between Washington and Beijing appears to have been deployed by amateurs,...

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
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Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web
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An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web

The Internet used to be a place where Ken Harrenstien could do anything. The Google engineer, who has been deaf since childhood, loved the Web because he could...

Breaking Through the Language Barrier
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Breaking Through the Language Barrier

IBM and other technology firms are researching ways to translate online content. IBM's n.Fluent project is developing software designed to instantly translate...

Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers
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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers

With the coolness of a card shark at the final table of the World Series of Poker, Matt Bergin pulls the hood of his brown sweatshirt over his head and concentrates...

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At a Loss For Words? Google Offers Search By Sight

Google's first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone. On Monday, Google announced the ability...

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A Vision of Computing From Microsoft's Future Thinker

Over the next 10 years, how people interact with computers will evolve drastically, with hand gesture controls becoming as common as keyboards, and file selection...

Smartphone Security Threats Likely to Rise
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Smartphone Security Threats Likely to Rise

Internet security experts say that worms, spam, viruses and hackers could be well on their way into your smartphone, whose rising popularity makes them sweeter...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
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How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work
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Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work

Cyber criminals are setting snares that move at the speed of news. Panda Security, a Spain-based antivirus maker, has been monitoring an onslaught of links with...

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Making Sense of the 'semantic Web'

The semantic Web could enable more interactive and accurate searches and is considered a crucial component of emerging Web 3.0 technology. Researchers are exploring...
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