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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. 

Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails
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Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails

Norway has ended a pilot online voting program. 

W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing
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W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe discusses how the Web will evolve to meet the challenge of smartphone users moving to closed apps.

Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides
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Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides

The Acqualta project in Venice, aims to engage citizens in an effort to monitor flooding in the city's canals using open data and sensor technology. 

Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels
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Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels

Researchers have found that contactless payments are more vulnerable then previously believed.

Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials
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Vote Early, Vote Often: Inside Norway's Pioneering Open Source E-Voting Trials

Norway recently held its second e-voting pilot, following an initial trial that took place during the local government elections in 2011. 

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge
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Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Researchers are working on solutions to growing power consumption, as mainstream processors are expected to contain hundreds of cores in the near future. 

­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­
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­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­

A petition to de-fund the United Nation's telecommunications branch recently emerged, just as the ITU was ready to finalize Internet governance plans at the World...

S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer
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S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

A microchip developed in Singapore can transmit data 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth. 

ITU Head: Cyberwar Could Be 'Worse Than Tsunami'
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ITU Head: Cyberwar Could Be 'Worse Than Tsunami'

There needs to be a global cybersecurity peace treaty to avert the threat of international cyberwar, whose effects would be more devastating than a tsunami, says...

Security Key to Unlocking Cloud Potential
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Security Key to Unlocking Cloud Potential

The issue of security is holding back its full potential of cloud computing. This was the gist of the keynote message presented Tuesday (March 2) by Art Coviello...

Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered
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Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered

Researchers from the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered an underlying flaw in the OpenSSH encryption protocol...

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EC Wants Software Makers Held Liable for Code

The European Commission is proposing that the European Union's consumer protections for physical products also cover software. Commissioners Viviane Reding and...

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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state...

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Berners-Lee: Semantic Web Will Have Privacy Built-In

World Wide Web Consortium director Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the Semantic Web will improve online privacy protection by allowing Internet users to control who can...
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