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Little-Known Firms Tracking Data Used in Credit Scores

Atlanta entrepreneur Mike Mondelli has access to more than a billion records detailing consumers’ personal finances—and there is little they can do about it.

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­.s. Cyber Approach 'too Predictable' For One Top General

The nation’s second-ranking military official said Thursday that the U.S. approach to protecting its computer systems was "too predictable" and failed to penalize...

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Maryland Sees Its Moment in Cybersecurity

As Fort Meade increasingly becomes a stronghold for federal cybersecurity, Maryland officials and business advocates are trying to take advantage of what they...

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Autocratic Regimes Fight Web-Savvy Opponents with Their Own Tools

For weeks, Syrian democracy activists have used Facebook and Twitter to promote a wave of bold demonstrations. Now, the Syrian government and its supporters are...

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Parting with Privacy with a Quick Click

When Scott Fitzsimones turned 13, he got an iPhone, set up accounts for Facebook and Pandora and went on an apps downloading spree. At the same time, the new...

At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted
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At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted

A day after AT&T announced it would buy T-Mobile USA to create the biggest wireless carrier in the country, consumer advocates and some members of Congress blasted...

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U.S. Funding Tech Firms that Help Mideast Dissidents Evade Government Censors

The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously...

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Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility Recovered Quickly from Stuxnet Cyberattack

In an underground chamber near the Iranian city of Natanz, a network of surveillance cameras offers the outside world a rare glimpse into Iran's largest nuclear...

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

Tv Broadcasters Resist FCC Proposal to Surrender More Airwaves
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Tv Broadcasters Resist FCC Proposal to Surrender More Airwaves

Many broadcasters are already worried about declining viewers, and now they say the government wants to take away something more: the airwaves themselves.

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NFL Fighting Head Injuries with Technology

The NFL is turning to technology to both measure and mitigate pro football's effect on players' brains, pushing into unexplored territory as officials try to...

FCC Approves Net-Neutrality Rules
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FCC Approves Net-Neutrality Rules

The U.S. FCC passed net neutrality regulations that require Internet service providers to treat all Web content equally. However, they do not extend to wireless...

Monitoring America
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Monitoring America

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans,...

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Obama Administration Calls For 'privacy Bill of Rights'

The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies...

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Media in China, Arab Middle East Suppressing Wikileaks Coverage

Revelations by the organization WikiLeaks have received blanket coverage this week on television, in newspapers and on Web sites around the globe. But in parts...

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FCC Chairman to Propose Plan For Net Neutrality

U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will announce a plan Wednesday (Dec. 1) that prevents Internet service providers from favoring...

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Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that...

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FCC Wants Broadcasters' Unused Spectrum to Help Meet Growing Wireless Demand

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers...

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Internet Pioneers Protest Senate Anti-Piracy Bill

Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation could...

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­.s. Cybersecurity Plans Lagging, Critics Say

More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government...
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