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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

DevOps, Machine Learning Dominate Technology Opportunities This Year
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DevOps, Machine Learning Dominate Technology Opportunities This Year

Programming languages and frameworks associated with DevOps and machine learning are on the rise, and developers working in these areas garner the highest salaries...

There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers
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There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers

University of Washington professor Maya Cakmak discusses the role of programming by demonstration in her work on human-machine interaction.

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code
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Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code

To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch. 

Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2
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Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2

Google plans to phase out its SPDY open networking protocol in early 2016 and instead support HTTP/2 in Chrome. 

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source
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Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Four out of five programmers now use, or recently have used, open source development tools, says a new survey. 

Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That
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Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That

A team of three Polish programmers won the Hello World Open 2014 worldwide programming competition. 

Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server
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Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server

A new open source development tool from Google is designed to make it easier to use Raspberry Pi computers to build Web applications.

Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love
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Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love

More developers will trade a superior native experience for the lower cost of maintaining a common code base using HTML5 code in a native app container. 

20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers
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20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers

Linux is now the operating system used on 95.2 percent of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, according to the most recent Top500 supercomputer rankings. 

Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies
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Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies

Until recently, open source development community site GitHub did not have licenses for the majority of its hosted projects. 

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers
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Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux continues to dominate the list of the world's fastest supercomputers and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. 

Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too
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Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too

Microsoft has announced plans to launch three bug bounty programs designed to eliminate security vulnerabilities in its software. 

New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers
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New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers

A New Zealand politician has advanced a proposed software patent measure that contains an exemption for software embedded in other inventions. Critics say that ...

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating...

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Inside Stuxnet: Researcher Drops New Clues About Origin of Worm

The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may...

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Virtualization Moves Closer to the Desktop

Virtual computing has moved closer with the unveiling of a new client-based hypervisor that allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single laptop.

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Tough Choices For Supercomputing's Legacy Apps

The future of supercomputing holds several significant software challenges, writes Numerical Algorithms Group's Andrew Jones. The first challenge is the rapidly...

Japanese Researchers Downplay Super Cpu Effect
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Japanese Researchers Downplay Super Cpu Effect

Japanese researchers led by Waseda University computer scientist Hironori Kasahara will spend the next year planning for a project to develop a new software standard...

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Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...
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