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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011
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Hacktivists Out-Stole Cybercriminals in 2011

Just two years ago, cybercriminal gangs were behind record-breaking data breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of customer records. But the year 2011...

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
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The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.

Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella
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Arm Wants to Put the Internet in Your ­mbrella

Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really.

DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google
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DARPA Director Bolts Pentagon For Google

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google.

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Hackers Vie For More Than $1 Million to Take Down Browsers

As alleged hackers from LulzSec and Anonymous contemplate the possibility of a life behind bars, other hackers are limbering up in Canada this week to vie for more...

Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband
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Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband

The most important element of the Army's effort to modernize itself doesn't shoot. You can't ride in it. You can't wear it for protection against homemade bombs...

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.

Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says
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Dhs, Not Nsa, Should Lead Cybersecurity, Pentagon Official Says

In the midst of an ongoing turf battle over how big a role the National Security Agency should play in securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, a Defense...

­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter
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­.s. Wants You to Hunt Fugitives With Twitter

A worldwide manhunt kicks off at the end of March—a search across America and Europe for five fugitives, identifiable only by their mugshots.

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DARPA Warns: Your Iphone Is a Military Threat

There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon's premier research wing. No, it's not Iran’s nukes or China's missiles. It's the iPads,...

Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center
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Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center

Unlike Google, Facebook believes the wimps have a future in the data center. As variousacademics and free-thinking startups seek to reinvent the server using ultra...

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive
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In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

The Stockton Tunnel, excavated in 1914, lets San Francisco drivers get between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf without having to ascend the scarily steep grades...

Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips
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Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips

Researchers at Intel have come up with a way to make WiFi faster and more energy efficient.

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion
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Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion

For most of the U.S. military's far-flung community of scientists and engineers, Monday was a day to pop a Xanax.

Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll

After threatening web companies for more than a decade, Michael Doyle and his patent-holding company Eolas Technologies—named after the Irish word for knowledge—may...

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Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here

The object, vaguely pink, sits on the shoulder of the freeway, slowly shimmering into view. Is it roadkill? A weird kind of sagebrush? No, wait, it's … a puffy...

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit
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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.

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How the View From a Comet Might Look

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is heading for a comet.

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Intel Sees Exabucks in Supercomputing's Future

Last Monday, Intel shelled out $125 million to buy Infiniband from Qlogic, a little-known maker of data-center networking switches and cards. At first blush, it...

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Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget

The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.
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