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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Fri June 5, 2015

China Says U.S. Allegations That It Was Behind Cyberattack Are 'Irresponsible'

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 5:27 pm

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

The Chinese government says U.S. allegations that China is behind a massive cyberattack against the Office of Personnel Management are "counterproductive" and "irresponsible."

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Around the Nation
5:01 am
Fri June 5, 2015

OPM Hack Exposes Records Of 4 Million Federal Employees

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 4:30 pm

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The Two-Way
3:37 am
Fri June 5, 2015

The Pentagon Wants These Robots To Save The Day

NASA's RoboSimian is among the robots taking part in the Defense Department competition. The Space Agency may one day use it to explore caves on other planets.
Dan Goods JPL

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 7:13 am

On Friday, 24 robots and their masters will be going head-to-head in California for a $2 million prize. The robotics challenge is sponsored by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Those fearing the Pentagon-sponsored prize could signal the dawn of Terminator-style cyborgs needn't worry. "Even though they look like us, and they may look a little bit mean, there's really nothing inside," says Gill Pratt, the program manager running this competition. "What you're really seeing is a puppet."

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The Two-Way
7:22 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Massive Data Breach Puts 4 Million Federal Employees' Records At Risk

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:44 pm

Nearly 4 million past and current federal employees may have fallen victim to the latest cybersecurity attack against the Office of Personnel Management.

The federal agency said in a statement that it discovered the breach in April, during a recent push to update the its "cybersecurity posture." OPM says people's names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, and current and former addresses were hacked.

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National Security
7:19 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Chinese Hackers Breach Government Personnel Office Computers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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National Security
5:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

New Snowden Documents Reveal Government Collection Of Online Data

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

Workers use perforating tools to create fractures in rock. An EPA study finds that "fracking" to reach and extract deep pockets of hydrocarbons has not caused widespread drinking water pollution.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:01 am

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found no evidence that hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — has led to widespread pollution of drinking water. The oil industry and its backers welcome the long-awaited study, while environmental groups criticize it.

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World
4:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Russian Trolls Spread False Information On The Internet

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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All Tech Considered
7:02 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Phone Carriers Tight-Lipped On How They Will Comply With New Surveillance Law

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:03 pm

The new USA Freedom Act prevents the bulk collection of phone call metadata by the NSA. AT&T, Verizon and other carriers will keep phone call metadata on their servers, and give it to the National Security Agency if subpoenaed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, often called the FISA Court.

To be clear, phone companies do not have a new mandate to collect or store metadata — the numbers called and time and length of those calls.

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All Tech Considered
5:59 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Detroit Hopes To Drive Tech Startups Away From Silicon Valley

TechTown Detroit is located in an old General Motors factory built in 1927. About 40 small businesses work out of the building.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:04 pm

Many University of Michigan business students who have an entrepreneurial streak take Professor Jerry Davis' start-up class. Davis has lived in the Silicon Valley, he has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and he has advice for young people: Forget the Bay Area.

"You spend a whole lot of your time on freeways. It's expensive, it's annoying. The weather is beautiful, but basically the Bay Area has turned into Los Angeles," Davis says. "All the things that people hate about LA are now true of the Bay Area."

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