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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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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger
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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information...

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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...

Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?
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Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries—cars and wind energy.

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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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An Army of Tech-Savvy Warriors Has Been Fighting Its Battles in Cyberspace

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been taken prisoner during...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

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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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FCC Move to Release 'white Spaces' Has Tech Firms Dreaming of Wireless Boom

Entire towns linked to the Web as giant hot spots with seamless wireless connections. Internet-connected refrigerators that monitor when it's time to get more...

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Google Denies Selling Out, Defends Net Neutrality Pact with Verizon

Google responded Thursday to heavy criticism of its agreement with Verizon Communications, saying it compromised in order to move the ball forward on a net neutrality...

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White House Proposal Would Ease Fbi Access to Records of Internet Activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court...

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
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Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
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Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics
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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

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The Cybersecurity Changes We Need

The Obama administration's progress toward the goal of making the U.S. digital infrastructure "secure, trustworthy, and resilient" has been sluggish due to the...

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What Sites Such as Facebook and Google Know and Whom They Tell

When Disa Powell's husband and brother were badly burned in an electrical explosion while conducting maintenance at a Wal-Mart store and the family sued, the defense...

The Cybersecurity Boom
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The Cybersecurity Boom

When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology problems. The company...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.
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