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Broadband Is This Generation
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Broadband Is This Generation

In early August, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski toured California to build support for the FCC's ongoing effort to create...

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The Group That Holds the Internet Together

ICANN remains under international pressure to sever ties with the United States government when its current contract expires in September 2009. The pressure comes...

Internet Society Honors CSNET Designers
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Internet Society Honors CSNET Designers

The Internet Society has honored the designers of an early computer network with its 2009 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's...

Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts
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Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts

Intel has launched Progress Thru Processors, a new Facebook application that provides users with an interface to donate their unused computer processing time to...

Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns
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Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns

Melissa E. Hathaway, the Obama administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, is stepping down from her role due to delays in the choosing of an administrator to...

Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM Siggraph Research Award
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Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM Siggraph Research Award

ACM SIGGRAPH has awarded its 2009 Significant New Researcher Award to Wojciech Matusik for his original contributions to accurately capturing and representing real...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk
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Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk

At the core of the U.S. Obama Administration and its Pentagon leadership's efforts to develop rules governing cyberwarfare is the question of whether offensive...

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Nist Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations For Federal Government

he U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released on Friday (July 31) its final version of a publication that represents...

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers
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Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers

True Engineering Technology has developed semantic technology that gives meaning to numerical data to prevent number-related mixups. The company has launched Numberspace...

Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year
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Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year

Touchscreens are already being implemented in cell phones and are expected to sweep through mobile and desktop computing, but a pair of Silicon Valley companies...

Icann President Debunks Internet Economics
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Icann President Debunks Internet Economics

New ICANN president Rod Beckstrom has proposed an economic model for valuing computer networks. In his speech at the recent Black Hat USA 2009 conference in Las...

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­.s. Government Soliciting Broadband Experts

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking industry experts to evaluate grant proposals for its $4...

Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions
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Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions

A new open source, Web 2.0-inspired solution for building and managing business relationships online promises to level the playing field for small- and medium-sized...

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Semantic Technologies Could Link ­p ­k Learning

The United Kingdom should use Semantic Web technologies to link up its education system, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Southampton's...

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Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets ­sed By Hackers

To track the spread of botnets, Sandia National Laboratories computer security specialists Rob Minnich and Don Rudish have converted a Dell Thunderbird supercomputer...

Barcode Replacement Shown Off
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Barcode Replacement Shown Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed Bokodes, a new barcode format that could replace the current barcodes used on retail products...

Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?
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Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

A panel of 25 artificial intelligence (AI) scientists, roboticists, and ethical and legal scholars have spent the past year discussing the risks of developing machines...

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Clarkson Project Will Protect Cyberspace

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to five research institutions to develop a computer program for detecting weak areas in cryptographic...

45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi
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45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers’ cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips...
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