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Chicago light poles to study air pollution, foot traffic

Chicago light poles to study air pollution, foot traffic

It could be a privacy advocate's worst nightmare, but soon the city of Chicago will have lamp posts that are aware not just of its surroundings but also of the people that pass by it. However, in theory, the sensors on these posts will only be taking in environmental data and human numbers to aid the city government in urban planning and nothing else.

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NullCrew hacker arrested for cyberattack conspiracy

NullCrew hacker arrested for cyberattack conspiracy

The Department of Justice has announced the arrest of a member of hacking collective NullCrew, Timothy Justin French. NullCrew is the self-proclaimed group behind some well-known cyberattacks, including some that resulted in the theft of data. French, who is 20-years-old, went by variations of the name "Orbit" and "crysis".

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Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

If you remember the terribly executed healthcare.gov website, you may also remember the frustration from both users and site administrators. Urged to sign up, many users were simply unable to. The fix came, months later, but nobody was really pleased with the whole charade. A newer, easier to use site is incoming, though, which should thwart any future disasters.

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Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Social networks pose some interesting issues related to communication: tweets and statuses persist beyond the initial sentiment, are often exposed to large groups of people, and lack cues that help determine in what way a statement is meant. As such, certain statements said in jest could land the ones who shared them in hot water.

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