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    1. VR Is Totally Changing How Architects Dream Up Buildings

      More and more companies are working to adapt 2D visualization systems for a 3D world. From the Lower Manhattan offices of New York architecture firm SHoP, you can explore buildings around the world—including ones that don’t yet exist.  You can walk along the edges of an under-construction building in Botswana, then toggle over to the torpedo hold of the USS Intrepid on Manhattan’s West Side. But be careful, when you reach out to touch a missile you might just poke an architect, standing just beyond you and your VR goggles.

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    2. Hacker Lexicon: What Is Full Disk Encryption?

      There's been a lot of talk in recent years about encryption and what the FBI terms its “Going Dark” problem—its inability to read the communications of surveillance targets because more and more data is being encrypted. And while the end-to-end messaging encryption that protects data in transit in apps like WhatsApp get a lot of press, it’s a problem that applies equally a data at rest. The kind that full-disk encryption is designed to protect.

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    3. Hacker Lexicon: What Are DoS and DDoS Attacks?

      You see them mentioned in the news all the time. DoS and DDoS attacks are on the rise, and they are getting more sophisticated and intense every year. The US government accused Iran of conducting a prolonged series of DDoS against the web sites of Bank of America and other financial institutions, presumably as retaliation for economic sanctions levied against Iran for its nuclear program. Recently DDoS attacks by extortionists have targeted banks in Greece and Sweden. So what are DoS and DDoS attacks?

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    4. Thought Bitcoin Was Dead? 2016 Is the Year It Goes Big

      Bitcoin was going to change the world until it wasn’t. But now it is again. Oh sure, you’ve heard this before. Back in 2013, everyone was sure bitcoin was the next big thing. Then the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, imploded, and everyone was sure bitcoin was dead. Pundits tend to think that way: you’re It, or you’re not. The reality of it is a little different.

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    5. BlackBerry Drops $425M to Try to Lure Corporate Clients Back

      BlackBerry is trying to regain its footing by managing devices instead of selling them. Today BlackBerry announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile security company Good Technology for $425 million in cash. Good’s technology will complement BlackBerry’s existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) product, a tool for managing corporate devices including BlackBerry handsets as well as Android and iOS gadgets, and for encrypting email and messages.

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    6. One Way Google Could Really Take On Amazon: Buy PayPal

      One Way Google Could Really Take On Amazon: Buy PayPal

      Jordan is a venture capitalist, a partner with the big-name firm Andreessen Horowitz. But he knows a thing or two about acquiring PayPal. If Google acquires PayPal, it could not only show ads to searchers but give them a way to instantly buy what’s being advertised. This, Jordan says, would make its search engine more useful. But it would also give Google more insight into what people are doing online—and that would allow the company to hone its ads in ways it never has.

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    7. Study Offers New Evidence That Google Skews Search Results

      Study Offers New Evidence That Google Skews Search Results

      Evidence continues to mount that when it comes to search results, Google isn’t always playing fair. The latest accusation comes from a new study written by Harvard Business School professor Michael Luca, Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu, and Yelp’s data science team. In it, the researchers claim that Google is skewing its local search results in favor of Google-created content. That suggestion shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention.

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