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Senate fails to pass NSA reform bill

The U.S. Senate has voted down a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.

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China disrupts some websites linked to US content delivery network

It's no surprise when China censors a site with anti-government content, but starting last week the country has potentially cut access to scores of non-political sites with a block on U.S. content delivery network EdgeCast...

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Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

The Obama administration urged the U.S. Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of...

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List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

If whispers can be believed, then China is kicking cyber butt and taking names as the list of hacked government agencies grows to include the State Department, the White House, NOAA and USPS.

Reports: State Department admits intrusion into unclassified email

The U.S. State Department's unclassified email system was taken offline over the weekend for security improvements, a scheduled event, but officials conceded suspicious activity had been previously detected, according to media reports....

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U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

U.S. officials announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support speeds of up to 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

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NOAA confirms cyberattack on four weather sites

Four websites run by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been compromised in recent weeks

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U.S. Postal Service suffers breach of employee, customer data

A U.S. Postal Service data breach has potentially compromised the personal information of 800,000 employees, as well as some customers who contacted the government service.

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Researchers, medical workers seek tech answers to Ebola outbreak

Researchers in robotics met with health care and aid workers around the country Friday to get ideas on how technology could help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak, as well as the spread of other dangerous viruses.

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GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

The GOP-controlled Congress of 2015 may turn a skeptical eye to more spending in areas like basic research and supercomputing.

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Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

Democratic candidates clubbed their Republican opponents in two of this year's election campaigns about their offshore outsourcing records, but to little apparent avail.

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Popular messaging apps fail EFF's security review

Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues

Apple has hired the same law firm that represented it in its battle against Samsung Electronics to lobby the U.S. government on a range of competition and intellectual property issues.

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Hackers go after unclassified White House network

Hackers targeted an unclassified White House network but did not damage any systems, a White House official said Tuesday.

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Feds set to destroy H-1B records

The U.S. has changed its H-1B record retention policy to the concern of people who study the visa's impact on the workforce and economy. Records that are critical to research, and take up a microscopic amount of storage, are set for...

China develops its own homegrown servers amid cybersecurity concerns

China's Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed the nation's first entirely homegrown servers.

Oracle says Oregon wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with healthcare website

The two sides continue to fight over the Cover Oregon website -- even before their dueling lawsuits get to court.

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Industry can head off IoT privacy rules

The Internet of Things is raising a host of concerns over the control of data that could lead to government regulation, but tech companies can rein in those worries on their own if they act fast, a former White House technology...

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