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Cyber Command: We Don
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Cyber Command: We Don

Members of the military’s new Cyber Command insist that they’ve got no interest in taking over civilian Internet security--or even in becoming the Pentagon’s primary...

DARPA
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DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

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DARPA Wants Code to Spot

Can software spot a cyberspy’s tricky intentions, before he’s started to help the other side? The way-out researchers at Darpa think so.

Interface Expert Knocks Ipad Apps For Inconsistent Usability
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Interface Expert Knocks Ipad Apps For Inconsistent Usability

The iPad has been hailed as an interface triumph. But one usability expert has published an exhaustive critique of the iPad, taking it to task for the inconsistency...

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Microsoft Attempts to Predict the Future

Don’t worry about Microsoft trying to follow your every move. The company probably already knows what you will do next.

The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner
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The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner

With nearly 600 hours of testing completed, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is in the thick of its nearly year long flight test program. Delays in the program have...

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Army Spy Plane May Have Snooped on Bomber: Report

Investigators were able to track wannabe terrorist Faisal Shahzad through his anonymous, pre-paid cell phone--exactly how, they won’t say. But there was a tantalizing...

Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent
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Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent

The number of wiretaps authorized by state and federal judges in criminal investigations jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a report released Friday...

The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated
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The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated

The legal debate over America's undeclared drone war in Pakistan is getting sharper: In a congressional hearing yesterday, a prominent law professor suggested that...

Pentagon: Boost Training With Computer-Troop Mind Meld
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Pentagon: Boost Training With Computer-Troop Mind Meld

The Pentagon is looking to better train its troops--by scanning their minds as they play video games.

Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants
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Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants

University of Pennsylvania engineers have designed silk-based electronics that can stick to the surface of the brain, allowing for better brain-computer interfaces...

Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy
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Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy

Intel showed off an experimental device last week in China that could someday substantially cut the costs of wiring homes and offices for energy efficiency, one...

Networked Networks Are Prone to Epic Failure
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Networked Networks Are Prone to Epic Failure

Networks that are resilient on their own become fragile and prone to catastrophic failure when connected, suggests a new study with troubling implications for tightly...

3-D Tabletop Display Gets Rid of the Glasses
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3-D Tabletop Display Gets Rid of the Glasses

University of British Columbia researchers have developed a device called pCubee that offers all the thrills of the three-dimensional (3-D) experience without the...

Tjx Hacker Gets 20 Years in Prison
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Tjx Hacker Gets 20 Years in Prison

Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole more than 90 million credit and...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.

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Undercover Feds on Social Networking Sites Raise Questions

The next time someone tries to "friend" you on Facebook, it may turn out to be an undercover fed looking to examine your private messages and photos, or surveil...

Domain Name Czar Seeks .online ­nity
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Domain Name Czar Seeks .online ­nity

ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom continues to work toward net neutrality, but ICANN now faces new challenges as countries such as China seek more control over what Internet...

Security Pros Question Deployment of Smart Meters
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Security Pros Question Deployment of Smart Meters

The country’s swift deployment of smart-grid technology has security professionals concerned that utilities and smart-meter vendors are repeating the mistakes made...

White House Cyber Czar: 'there Is No Cyberwar'
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White House Cyber Czar: 'there Is No Cyberwar'

Howard Schmidt, the new cybersecurity czar for the Obama Administration, has a short answer for the drumbeat of rhetoric claiming the United States is caught up...
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