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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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Here's how smartphones can save 125,000 US lives each year

Not taking your medicine can have human and financial consequences

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What's holding back EMV?

Visa has new stats showing that nearly three-quarters of U.S. merchants still can't handle chip cards.

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Mastercard's new logo spits on plastic

The change from 'MasterCard' to 'Mastercard' is part of a play for a role in a digital marketplace.

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Microsoft wants to help small businesses book appointments online

Small business owners are getting a new feature tailored just for them in Microsoft Office 365 -- a full service system for scheduling appointments for their services on the internet.

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Hackers target 130 restaurants in Cicis pizza chain

More than 130 restaurants in the Cicis pizza chain were the recent target of hackers, and customers' credit card data may have been stolen.

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IBM's Watson just landed a new job: helping Macy's shoppers

IBM's Watson may be putting its cognitive muscle to work battling cancer and cybercriminals, but it's no slouch at shopping, either. Retail brand Macy's announced that it's testing a new mobile service that lets in-store shoppers ask...

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A healthcare hacker is pressuring victims to pay up

TheDarkOverlord claims to have stolen 10 million patient records and is selling them on the black market. But in the meantime, the hacker has also been trying to extort his victims with the promise that the data will never be sold, if...

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FBI accused of using outdated IT to foil FOIA requests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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Get off my lawn: Federal panel says websites can ban anyone

An appellate court ruled last week that sites can legally ban people, with a subsequent visit to the site punishable by federal criminal law.

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Starbucks burned by aggressive pricing automation

When Starbucks announced this month that its software had rolled out a price increase weeks before it was supposed to, it exposed how easily such a mistake can happen. That's a critical lesson for all of retail.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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IBM tests secure cloud blockchain service

IBM is cranking up the security on its cloud-based blockchain service.

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Amazon says Prime Day was company’s biggest sales day ever

The company’s second annual summer sales event surpassed customer orders from Prime Day 2015 by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the U.S.

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Chinese hackers blamed for multiple breaches at U.S. banking agency

Chinese government hackers were the likely attackers in three breaches in recent years at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. agency that insures bank accounts, according to a congressional audit.

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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

The U.S. government is trying to improve the recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals.

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Google's A.I. is learning how to save your life

AlphaGo's uncanny success at the game of Go was taken by many as a death knell for the dominance of the human intellect, but Google researcher David Silver doesn't see it that way.

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SWIFT brings in external support as it fights wave of bank hacks

SWIFT is bringing in additional security support after a series of high-profile bank heists and attempted bank heists conducted via its financial transaction network.

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