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NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

The U.S. National Security Agency is planning no major changes in its domestic telephone records collection program after a bill to rein in those efforts failed in the Senate this week, the agency's director said.

The fate of NASA’s supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for...

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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...

PCI Council looks to stem data breaches after bad year

The PCI Security Standards Council is hoping that emerging security technologies will help prevent breaches that made this year one of the worst ever.

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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.

Details, details

Head of this research group at a large non-profit medical center returns from a trip, and complains that her laptop won't turn on.

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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Apple Watch: the retail revolutionary

How has a failing firm reviled as a "toy maker" for selling candy-colored iMacs become the driving force in retail and enterprise IT?

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Google Fiber opens to small businesses in Kansas City area

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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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A guide to top mobile payments options

The launch of Apple Pay last month jump-started the mobile payments business, with several firms now pushing hard to become your preferred payment method.

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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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Apple is still eating Microsoft in the mobile enterprise

Apple's enterprise success story lays strong foundations for consolidation as smartphone sector enters next stage.

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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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Home Depot attackers broke in using a vendor's stolen credentials

Home Depot said hackers used login credentials belonging to another company to access its network.

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