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5 New Year's Resolutions From Women To Watch

How do you set a resolution when you've already accomplished so much? These women have innovated and inspired, but they still have hopes for improvement in 2014.
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Report Details NSA's Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The agency's elite TAO unit focuses on producing high-quality and hard-to-gain intelligence, Der Spiegel reports.
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Test Sites Chosen For Commercial Drone Testing

The locations are expected to produce jobs as companies try out ways to make money with "unmanned aircraft systems." The six sites stretch from Alaska south to Texas and then north to New York State.
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Virginia Awarded One Of Six FAA Drone Testing Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Virginia will be one of six states to host testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems, ahead of the agency's plan to integrate drone aircraft into the U.S. airspace by 2015.

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Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too

Many people watched other people playing video games on the video-sharing site in 2013. But it wasn't all about games; educational videos, particularly those that explain science concepts or use fun animation, were also big hits.
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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.
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The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

Fake stories on the Internet are not new, but their nature is changing. They seem to be more calculated, more elaborate and have a deeper intent to elicit a swell of emotion. Grantland writer Tess Lynch explains why she thinks 2013 was the year of the hoax — and which story even fooled her.
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Teaching Democracy Through Jazz, Perfecting Party Playlists

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, tells host Arun Rath about a teacher using jazz to educate young students about democracy and a site that could spruce up the playlist for New Year's Eve parties this year.
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To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

Anyone who has waited endlessly at a red light at an empty four-way intersection knows traffic signals are not the most efficient way to keep traffic flowing. Computer scientists have figured out a way to utilize the space in intersections far more efficiently. The problem is the solution will have to wait for a day when cars can drive themselves.
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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.

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