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WikiLeaks Posts Mysterious 'Insurance' File

In the wake of strong U.S. government statements condemning WikiLeaks' recent publishing of 77,000 Afghan War documents, the secret-spilling site has posted a mysterious...

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Plagiarism Lines Blur For Students in Digital Age

At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness—and did not think he needed to credit...

In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet
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In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet

Two pilot programs by start-ups in Silicon Valley are testing ways to bring to market a long-promised innovation of the Internet era: the digital wallet.

The Agnostic Cartographer
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The Agnostic Cartographer

How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.

­.s. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?
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­.s. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?

The United States should decide on rules for attacking other nations' networks in advance of an actual cyberwar, which could include an international agreement...

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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...

Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference
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Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a "jackpotted" ATM machine that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference...

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The Hunt For the Wikileaks Whistle-Blower

Attorney General Eric Holder's new probe into Wikileaks's posting of 91,000 war documents will likely find that tracing the path of the documents back through the...

In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip
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In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip

Apple likes to maintain tight control over what programs can appear on the iPhone—a task that just became a little bit harder.

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The Technical Muscle Behind Wikileaks

WikiLeaks isn't much to look at. The Website's homepage is largely composed of a plain-text logo and a giant hyperlink that simply says: "Submit documents."

Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos
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Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos

Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director,...

Celebrating the Legacy of Plato
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Celebrating the Legacy of Plato

The PLATO@50 Conference marked the semicentennial of the computer system that was the forerunner of today's social media and interactive education.

Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior
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Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior

Data captured by sensors worn on the human body and analyzed in near real-time could transform our understanding of human behavior, health, and society.

Ads that Match a Web Page's Images
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Ads that Match a Web Page's Images

Using the contents of images or videos to target Web ads could improve click-through.

Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing
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Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates...

Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends
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Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends

Each time you make a cellphone call, your network provider knows whom you're calling, for how long, and what device you're using. Now researchers at one of the...

Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data
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Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data

In the year since the fatal, still-unexplained crash of a French airliner over the mid-Atlantic, interest has intensified in technologies to enhance the tracking...

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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.

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New Cybersecurity Degree Program Designed to Fill Workforce Needs

The University of Maryland University College is reporting robust response to a first-of-its kind cybersecurity degree program scheduled to commence this fall.

You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It
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You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It

Life, as they say, imitates art. And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where...
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