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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems
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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.

Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All
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Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All

The nation’s major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to newly released Justice Department internal...

Net Neutrality Rules Published, Lawsuits Soon to Follow
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Net Neutrality Rules Published, Lawsuits Soon to Follow

The FCC has finally officially published long-delayed rules prohibiting cable, DSL, and wireless internet companies from blocking Web sites and requiring them...

Astronomers Plead For Space Telescope's Life
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Astronomers Plead For Space Telescope's Life

NASA officials and leading astronomers say the James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, should still fly despite mounting criticism...

Microsoft
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Microsoft

Reading my RSS and Twitter feeds Tuesday night, I turned to a tech writer friend and said, "the Wintel Era just ended, and half of these people are fighting over...

10 Jobs That Barely Existed on 9/10/01, From Robot Squadmate to Warplane Whisperer
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10 Jobs That Barely Existed on 9/10/01, From Robot Squadmate to Warplane Whisperer

The terror attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, changed the lives of all Americans—few more so than the millions who have participated in the...

Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines
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Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had a world monopoly on radar-evading technology—and with it, a huge advantage over any rival. Several generations...

Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War
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Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War

Know how to Tweet? Or how to put words into the mouths of foreign security functionaries? If so, the U.S. Army wants you to help un-quagmire the Afghanistan war...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos
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Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos

To passers-by, T.J., a fit 20-something, is running around a red felt carpet about half the size of a basketball court inside a convention center. In his mind...

Why Google Does Not Own Skype
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Why Google Does Not Own Skype

So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It’s too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant...

Hoops 2.0: Inside the Nba
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Hoops 2.0: Inside the Nba

Outside Oracle Arena, it’s a balmy 65-degree spring day. But up in the building’s rafters, 80-odd feet above the hardwood floor, the air is crisp and the view...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online
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Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online

The security of critical infrastructure is in the spotlight again this week after a researcher released attack code that can exploit several vulnerabilities found...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

In the past three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political...

No Easy Fixes as Internet Runs Out of Addresses
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No Easy Fixes as Internet Runs Out of Addresses

Like a prairie with no more vacant land to homestead or a hip area code with no more cellphone numbers, the pool of available numeric internet addresses has been...

Report: Efforts to Secure Nation
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Report: Efforts to Secure Nation

The official government cybersecurity standards for the electric power grid fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by noncritical industries...

War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene
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War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene

It's a good time to be a software programmer in New York City.

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...
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