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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.
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DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

Justice says U.S. Investigations Services, the company that cleared both the NSA leaker and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, expedited hundreds of thousands of cases that weren't properly reviewed.
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Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach compromised credit card data of at least 70 million American consumers, the banking and retail industries are coming to a consensus to move away from the swipe and signature system to the much more secure chip and PIN process available around the world.
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From The Trenches To The Web: British WWI Diaries Digitized

The British National Archives is posting 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries online. The personal accounts provide new insight into the lives of the troops who fought the war that began 100 years ago. "Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sight of battle and war," reads one entry.
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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.
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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.
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Hackers Go 'Phishing' In The Wake Of Target Data Breach

The retailing giant Target is doing what it can to limit the damage from a massive data breach. But there are signs that other hackers are trying to take advantage of the original data theft with elaborate "phishing" schemes.
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Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm?

"Hands-free" is taking on a new meaning. Games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. It's the stuff of sci-fi movies, but potentially with an added health benefit.
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Silicon Valley Responds To Obama's NSA Proposals

On Friday, President Obama delivered a speech outlining his proposed reforms of the National Security Agency's surveillance practices. In All Tech Considered, our weekly look at technology, we explore how the speech was received by many of the big tech companies in Silicon Valley.
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Tech Executive On NSA: Washington 'Exploits' Security Holes

Melissa Block talks to Alex Fowler, the chief privacy officer at Mozilla, for the company's response to President Obama's speech about government surveillance reform.

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