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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s
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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s

Google has announced a new open source tool for massive data sets based on differential privacy, a technique developed in the 1960s. 

What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?
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What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?

European police Friday said they had figured out how to pierce an Internet privacy tool used by dissidents, journalists and online drug dealers.

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'
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Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with...

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body
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Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs
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Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs

The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening
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Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like chainsaws, entrepreneurs are finding all sorts of creative ways to detect sounds using smartphones...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
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Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.

Google Invests in Satellites to Spread Internet Access
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Google Invests in Satellites to Spread Internet Access

Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on a group of satellites designed to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the world. 

Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures
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Despite Data Thefts, the Password Endures

Efforts to replace passwords with better protections face an uphill battle.

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script
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Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script

Learn to code. Get a job. Then what?

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches
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Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement...

Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed
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Microsoft, Google, Other Tech Giants ­nite to Prevent Next Heartbleed

Microsoft, Google, and other tech giants have committed to contribute more than $3 million to an initiative to improve open source software. 

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet
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U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus
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A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus

Billions of dollars are flowing into online advertising. But marketers also are confronting an uncomfortable reality: rampant fraud.

Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate
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Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate

Regardless of what caused a Malaysia Airlines jet to disappear from the sky over the weekend, air-safety experts predict it will reignite debate over new technology...
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