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Little-Known Firms Tracking Data Used in Credit Scores

Atlanta entrepreneur Mike Mondelli has access to more than a billion records detailing consumers’ personal finances—and there is little they can do about it.

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­.s. Cyber Approach 'too Predictable' For One Top General

The nation’s second-ranking military official said Thursday that the U.S. approach to protecting its computer systems was "too predictable" and failed to penalize...

Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities
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Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities

At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled...

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As Smartphones Proliferate, Some ­sers Cut the Computer Cord

A third of all American adults own a smartphone and for many minority and low-income users, those mobile devices have replaced computers for Internet access. The...

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Maryland Sees Its Moment in Cybersecurity

As Fort Meade increasingly becomes a stronghold for federal cybersecurity, Maryland officials and business advocates are trying to take advantage of what they...

Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization
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Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization

The Google Ideas think tank has gathered 80 former radicals, including ex-neo-Nazis, Muslim extremists, and U.S. gang members, to brainstorm ways technology can...

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List of Cyber-Weapons Developed By Pentagon to Streamline Computer Warfare

The Pentagon has developed a list of cyber-weapons and -tools, including viruses that can sabotage an adversary’s critical networks, to streamline how the United...

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Autocratic Regimes Fight Web-Savvy Opponents with Their Own Tools

For weeks, Syrian democracy activists have used Facebook and Twitter to promote a wave of bold demonstrations. Now, the Syrian government and its supporters are...

Obama Administration Outlines International Strategy For Cyberspace
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Obama Administration Outlines International Strategy For Cyberspace

President Obama has released an international strategy for cyberspace security that focuses on developing rules for responsible state behavior with the goal of...

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Netflix Biggest Driver of U.s. Internet Traffic, Puts Spotlight on Broadband Pricing

Netflix streaming videos drove nearly 30% of all North American broadband Internet traffic during peak hours, with consumers continuing their voracious appetite...

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3-D Printers May Someday Allow Labs to Create Replacement Human Organs

The machine looks like the offspring of an Erector Set and an inkjet printer. The "ink" feels like applesauce and looks like icing. As nozzles expel the pearly...

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Parting with Privacy with a Quick Click

When Scott Fitzsimones turned 13, he got an iPhone, set up accounts for Facebook and Pandora and went on an apps downloading spree. At the same time, the new...

Sohaib Athar
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Sohaib Athar

According to his Twitter stream @reallyvirtual, Sohaib Athar moved from Lahore, Pakistan to the resort town of Abbottabad to take a break from the rat race. It...

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CIA Recipe For Invisible Ink Among Newly Released Wwi-Era Documents

So you want to open sealed envelopes without getting caught? Here’s the secret, according to one of the six oldest classified documents in possession of the Central...

In a Country Known For Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety
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In a Country Known For Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety

Japan's focus on building humanoid robots that perform tasks that humans can already do, instead of building robots that can go where humans cannot, has made it...

At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted
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At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted

A day after AT&T announced it would buy T-Mobile USA to create the biggest wireless carrier in the country, consumer advocates and some members of Congress blasted...

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U.S. Funding Tech Firms that Help Mideast Dissidents Evade Government Censors

The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously...

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Google, Yahoo! Babel Fish ­se Math Principles to Translate Documents Online

Online translation has improved significantly in recent years due to a shift away from translation based on linguistic models and toward one based on statistics...

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Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility Recovered Quickly from Stuxnet Cyberattack

In an underground chamber near the Iranian city of Natanz, a network of surveillance cameras offers the outside world a rare glimpse into Iran's largest nuclear...

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...
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