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How Google Transfers Data to Nsa

How does Google hand over data to the government? By old-fashioned secure "file transfer protocol," or FTP. And sometimes even by hand.

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People's Locations Could Be Tracked

Data collected by the National Security Agency's program that monitors Americans' phone calls could be used to track millions of people's locations through their...

Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?
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Should Patents Be Awarded to Software?

The goal of the U.S. patent system is clear: to provide individuals or companies with an incentive to innovate by offering them 20 years of exclusive rights to...

Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke
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Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

Could a virtual currency created by an anonymous Internet hacker someday replace the U.S. dollar?

Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps
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Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps

Kids love Angry Birds, but will Angry Birds love them back?

Visa Demand Jumps
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Visa Demand Jumps

For the first time since the financial crisis, U.S. employers are expected within days to reach a limit on the yearly allotment of applications for coveted skilled...

Web Money Gets Laundering Rule
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Web Money Gets Laundering Rule

The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit...

At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal
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At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal

Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is taking some time off from school in London, where he lives with his parents. He will let mom and dad help manage his money.

Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace
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Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace

A few years ago when Bank of America Corp. wanted to study whether face time mattered among its call-center teams, the big bank asked about 90 workers to wear badges...

U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms
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U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms

The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks...

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
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Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars
From ACM TechNews

Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars

Although widespread commercial use of driverless cars is still years away, Google and others are already testing the technology on roads and automakers have raised...

Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches
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Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches

After years of collecting photos and personal data from its billion-plus members, Facebook Inc. Tuesday unveiled a search tool that sifts through people's profiles—and...

The Future of Medicine Is Now
From ACM Opinion

The Future of Medicine Is Now

In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier.

­.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens
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­.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center implemented a new program in March that allows the agency to copy entire government databases and examine information...

Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates
From ACM News

Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates

For pirates in China, where illegal software sales greatly outmatch legal ones, a new version of Windows typically means a new treasure ship to plunder.

They Know What You're Shopping For
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They Know What You're Shopping For

Georgia resident Andy Morar is in the market for a BMW.

Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits
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Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her defibrillator implant.

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce
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A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair.

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
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New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.
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