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Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos
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Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos

Cell phone companies are finding that they're sitting on a gold mine--in the form of the call records of their subscribers.

Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked
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Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked

Physicists have mounted the first successful attack of its kind on a commercial quantum cryptography system.

Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages
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Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages

UCLA researchers have developed a type of quantum cryptography, which guarantees that only a person at a certain location can read an encrypted message. 

How Isps Could Combat Botnets
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How Isps Could Combat Botnets

Convincing Internet service providers to pinpoint infected computers on their networks could eliminate the lion's share of zombie computers responsible for churning...

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Peeking Into Users' Web History

In a test of Google's privacy protections, European researchers were able to hijack Google's personalized search suggestions to reconstruct users' Web search histories...

Real-Time Search
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Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

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Exposing Hackers as an International Deterrent

An international group of computer scientists, law professors, military leaders, and others recently met at Russia's Moscow State University for a conference on...

Keeping Medical Data Private
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Keeping Medical Data Private

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have created an algorithm designed to protect the privacy of patients while maintaining researchers' ability to analyze vast...

Combing Medical Records For Research
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Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

Speedier Bug Catching
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Speedier Bug Catching

Engineers have developed new transistors that can locate hardware bugs in a fraction of the time it takes to perform normal debugging. 

Getting More from Location Data
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Getting More from Location Data

Thanks to smart phones and other mobile devices, the number of applications that make use of geolocation data is exploding. But developers and device makers face...

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Stopping Stealthy Downloads

SRI International and Georgia Tech researchers have developed Block All Drive-By Download Exploits (BLADE), free software that can stop Internet attacks brought...

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A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...

Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light
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Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light

A wireless network that uses reflected infrared light instead of radio waves has transmitted data through the air at a speed of one gigabit per second—six to 14...

Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity
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Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity

Over the last few years, scientists have discovered hundreds of genetic variants linked to disease. But the vast majority of that research has focused on people...

What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?
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What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

Despite widespread speculation, nothing beyond what Steve Jobs announced last week is known about the A4 chip at the heart of the Apple iPad. Jobs described the...

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Trading Shares in Milliseconds

Today's stock market has become a world of automated transactions executed at lightning speed. This high-frequency trading could make the financial system more...

Self-Policing Cloud Computing
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Self-Policing Cloud Computing

Researchers at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and IBM Research-Zurich have developed a cloud computing security system that makes elements of the cloud act...

Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
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Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves

Scientists at Microsoft research have unveiled Ripley, a new way to secure complex Web applications by effectively cloning the user's browser and running it remotely...

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Software That Fixes Itself

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers led by professor Martin Rinard have developed ClearView, software capable of finding and fixing certain types...
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