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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

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­.s. Cybersecurity Plans Lagging, Critics Say

More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government...

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FCC Move to Release 'white Spaces' Has Tech Firms Dreaming of Wireless Boom

Entire towns linked to the Web as giant hot spots with seamless wireless connections. Internet-connected refrigerators that monitor when it's time to get more...

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Google Denies Selling Out, Defends Net Neutrality Pact with Verizon

Google responded Thursday to heavy criticism of its agreement with Verizon Communications, saying it compromised in order to move the ball forward on a net neutrality...

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White House Proposal Would Ease Fbi Access to Records of Internet Activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court...

Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0
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Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0

Who would turn down a $1 million prize for solving a math problem? Perhaps the smartest man in the world.

'paperless Ticketing' Aims to Thwart Scalping at Concerts, Sports Events
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'paperless Ticketing' Aims to Thwart Scalping at Concerts, Sports Events

Anyone who's ever chased a hot ticket for a concert or sports event knows the agony of the drill. Wait--online or in line--until the box office opens and then compete...

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
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Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
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Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics
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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

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The Cybersecurity Changes We Need

The Obama administration's progress toward the goal of making the U.S. digital infrastructure "secure, trustworthy, and resilient" has been sluggish due to the...

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What Sites Such as Facebook and Google Know and Whom They Tell

When Disa Powell's husband and brother were badly burned in an electrical explosion while conducting maintenance at a Wal-Mart store and the family sued, the defense...

The Cybersecurity Boom
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The Cybersecurity Boom

When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology problems. The company...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.

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Comcast Ruling Raises Questions on FCC Regulation

At first glance, Tuesday's federal court ruling on Comcast looked like a clean win for the cable giant and for competitors including Time Warner and AT&T. The court...

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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...

Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption
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Biometric Identity Project in India Aims to Provide For Poor, End Corruption

In this country of 1.2 billion people, Inderjit Chaurasia could not prove his identity. When the migrant worker tried to open his first bank account in New Delhi...

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Dismantling of Saudi-CIA Web Site Ilustrates Need For Clearer Cyberwar Policies

By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq were making use of a Web site set up...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...
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