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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...

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...

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'world's Thinnest' Metal Lines to Spur Device Miniaturization

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines used in electronic components...

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

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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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Researchers Develop New Brain-Like Molecular Processor

An international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University have demonstrated a molecular circuit that can evolve continuously to solve complex...

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Intel Gets Personal About Energy Consumption Management

If Intel has its way, its technology will soon be inside not just your personal computer but inside another piece of technology that is way more ubiquitous: the...

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...

Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave
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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave

The prospect of a future that includes robot maids took an incremental step forward to reality. Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans, dumps...

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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...

Computers Have Speed Limit as ­nbreakable as Speed of Light, Say Physicists
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Computers Have Speed Limit as ­nbreakable as Speed of Light, Say Physicists

Boston University physicists Lev Levitin and Tommaso Toffoli have demonstrated that if processors continue to improve in accordance with Moore's Law, an unbreakable...

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...

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...

Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict
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Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict

The European Commission (EC) believes information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to reduce energy use, which also would help in the effort toView...

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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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Microsoft Researcher Stores Digital Life

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell has been recording virtually all aspects of his life digitally for 10 years through his Microsoft-funded MyLifeBits project. He...
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