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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback
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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers...

Obama Budget Makes Cybersecurity a Growing ­.s. Priority
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Obama Budget Makes Cybersecurity a Growing ­.s. Priority

President Barack Obama proposed on Wednesday increased spending to protect U.S. computer networks from Internet-based attacks in a sign that the government aims...

Tech ­pstarts Threaten Tv Broadcast Model
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Tech ­pstarts Threaten Tv Broadcast Model

Two fledgling technologies could dramatically reshape the $60 billion-a-year television broadcast industry as they challenge the business model that has helped...

Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race
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Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race

Radio frequency chip makers are set to gain as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc unveil ever more sophisticated smartphones and tablets to battle for the...

Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution
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Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution

3D printing has already changed the game for manufacturing specialized products such as medical devices but the real revolution will come when designers start to...

Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life
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Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life

It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones...

U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'
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U.s. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen 'imminently'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's...

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Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant: Dhs

A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a power company when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping...

U.s. Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech Over Security Fears
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U.s. Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech Over Security Fears

A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components...

China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion
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China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information and requiring service...

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars
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Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars

When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove...

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Patent Lawsuits Now Dominated by 'Trolls': Study

For the first time, individuals and companies that do not themselves make anything—commonly known as "patent trolls"—are bringing the majority of U.S. patent lawsuits...

Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran: Official
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Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran: Official

Cyber attackers have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, disrupting the Internet across the country, a state official was quoted as saying...

Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks
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Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks

Facebook Inc., stung by doubts that advertising on the social network delivers enough bang for the buck, is preparing to unveil data to counter its critics and...

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Insiders Suspected in Saudi Cyber Attack

One or more insiders with high-level access are suspected of assisting the hackers who damaged some 30,000 computers at Saudi Arabia's national oil company last...

From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?
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From Smart to Genius: Will Design Define Future Gadgets?

In a pre-iPhone age, mobile phones came in all shapes and sizes. Remember the clamshell, candy bar, swivel, backflip, slider, dual-slider, lipstick, and, of course...

Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War
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Disinformation Flies in Syria's Growing Cyber War

On Sunday, it was a hijacked Reuters Twitter feed trying to create the impression of a rebel collapse in Aleppo. On Monday, it was another account purporting to...

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle
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Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Anand Shimpi is one of the most influential tech industry figures you've never heard of.

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers
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Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers

In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect that trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian...

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets
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The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction...
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