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Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields
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Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields

The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in science, technology,...

China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms
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China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms

China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors", a potential...

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
From ACM News

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google
From ACM News

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said...

Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court
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Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.

Mastercard Expects Big Growth from 'big Data' Insights
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Mastercard Expects Big Growth from 'big Data' Insights

MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest debit and credit card company, sees business booming from selling data to retailers, banks, and governments on spending...

­.s. Companies Seek Cyber Experts For Top Jobs, Board Seats
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­.s. Companies Seek Cyber Experts For Top Jobs, Board Seats

Some of the largest U.S. companies are looking to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and bring technologists on to their boards, a sign that...

Do-It-Yourselfers Inspire Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley
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Do-It-Yourselfers Inspire Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley

In the shadow of Internet monoliths such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, it's easy to forget that Silicon Valley got its start from hard-scrabble tinkerers building...

Homeland Security Struggles to Tempt, Retain Cyber Talent
From ACM TechNews

Homeland Security Struggles to Tempt, Retain Cyber Talent

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to hire cybersecurity experts.

Nsa Infiltrated Rsa Security More Deeply Than Thought  Study
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Nsa Infiltrated Rsa Security More Deeply Than Thought Study

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's...

Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns
From ACM News

Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for...

Fbi Warns Retailers to Expect More Credit Card Breaches
From ACM News

Fbi Warns Retailers to Expect More Credit Card Breaches

The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious...

Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles
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Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles

As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate...

Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante
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Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante

Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago...

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack
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Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack

In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive...

From ACM News

Big Data Heralds Return of the Cray Supercomputer

"Big data" means big computers, and good news for Cray Inc.

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
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Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.

Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm
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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm

Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it...

Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom
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Security Tech Firms Hit Jackpot in Asia Casino Boom

Asia's new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi...

Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market
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Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market

The spoiler popped up automatically when the speedometer of the new Audi RS7 Sportback moved past 130 kilometers an hour on Charles Bridge in central Prague, creating...
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