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How to download new Census data with R

Here's how to get data from the just-released 2015 American Community Survey using R.

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Yes, U.S. did hack Elysée Palace in 2012, French ex-spy claims

Bernard Barbier, a former head of the French signals intelligence service, shared a few stories with students of CentraleSupélec, the elite engineering school from which he graduated in 1976, at a symposium this summer.

Trusting the Social Security Administration?

The US Social Security Administration does a poor job of computer security. Surprised?

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Feds seek help in analyzing traffic death spike

If you've got data skills, the US government hopes you'll pitch in to help figure out why more people were killed in traffic accidents last year than in any of the prior six.

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Update: Apple must repay $14.5B in underpaid taxes in Ireland

Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal, and the company will have to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest. That's the verdict European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager delivered, wrapping up a two-year...

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The NSA's hoard of cyber weapons makes some experts nervous

The disclosure this week of a cache of files supposedly stolen from the National Security Agency has put a spotlight on secret cyber weapons the NSA has been holding -- and whether they should be disclosed.

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Alleged NSA data dump contains hacking tools rarely seen

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.

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NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

NASA next month will launching a spacecraft designed to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth for the first time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

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NSA hacked? Top cyber weapons allegedly go up for auction

An anonymous group claims to have stolen hacking tools that might belong to the NSA and is auctioning them off to the highest bidder.

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'Mayhem' takes first in DARPA's all-computer hacking challenge

In the first head-to-head hacking competition of autonomous computers, a system developed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner.

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In DARPA challenge, smart machines compete to fend off cyberattacks

The first all-machine hacking competition, sponsored by DARPA, is taking place today in Las Vegas.

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How to keep Facebook, Twitter from being terrorists’ hunting grounds

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that, if elected, she would try to curb terrorists from using the Internet as a recruiting tool. But her statement raises questions over what can be done to prevent terrorists from...

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Politics blamed for feds' reliance on old IT

Although the U.S. government is spending more than $81 billion on IT, only about a quarter of that money is spent on new systems.

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Virtual reality needs U.S. gov't backing

As virtual reality and augmented reality gain popularity with consumers, attention is turning to ways these immersive technologies can be used in U.S. schools and in the work force.

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Russia says spies planted malware on critical infrastructure

Russian military networks and other critical infrastructure have been hit by tailor-made malware, according to government officials.

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FBI to lead nation's cyberattack responses

President Barack Obama on Tuesday officially put the FBI in charge of cyberattack responses.

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FBI accused of using outdated IT to foil FOIA requests

The FBI is using antiquated computer systems to deliberately foil requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, a new lawsuit alleges.

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