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Law enforcement’s encryption scare tactics aren’t swaying techies — In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris , the U.S. law enforcement establishment mobilized to lay a huge guilt trip on the tech industry. With national-security bigwigs such as NSA Director Michael S. Rogers and FBI Director James Comey warning that terrorists could use encryption to evade detection, they pressed companies to build encryption backdoors into their technologies.

CNN to buy Mashable for around $200 million, report says — This could be the news of the 2012 South by Southwest: CNN is set to pay more than $200 million to buy social media blog Mashable, according to Reuters blogger Felix Salmon. Salmon, who is attending this week's festival and conference in Austin, Texas, says that "a little bird" told him that CNN will announce the deal on Tuesday.

Why cybersecurity’s future may be in the hands of the devil’s advocate — Easier said than done. In his newly published book, Red Team , Zenko notes that organizations' institutional bias prevents them from recognizing their defensive blind spots. That's great news for hackers; bad news for companies trying to protect information. That's where the practice of red-teaming promises to help.

Regarding CISA, D.C.’s from Mars, Silicon Valley’s still from California — The government has proven to be embarrassingly inept when it comes to securing personal data. This isn't the first or last clash between the political establishment and the tech industry over government's proper role in safeguarding privacy and cybersecurity.

U.S.-China cyberdeal: Another useless photo op — When the world's two biggest computing superpowers say they've agreed to curb computer hacking, such a declaration ought to count as a turning point in the history of cybersecurity. Don't get your hopes up. If past is prologue, September's ballyhooed U.S.-China cybersecurity pact will likely be remembered as just another feel-good moment during which politicians mug for the cameras and play statesmen.

The New Tormach PCNC 440: Welcome to the Era of the 'Desktop' CNC Mill — Tormach today introduced its most compact milling machine ever, a unit that takes up as much space as the average table saw. If that sounds small, it is. The , the latest entry in Tormach's line of personal CNC mills, is a 450-pound unit that occupies a footprint of just 40″× 32″×42″.

Were the Wright brothers really first? Not in Brazil — In the U.S., the Wright brothers are recognized for making history with the world's first airplane flight. In Brazil, the first aviator goes by the name of Santos-Dumont. Everyone knows that the American Wright brothers made aviation history when they lifted off at Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1903.

Why did that video go viral? — The kid who turned "Numa Numa" into an anthem before the existence of YouTube offers his take to CNET's Charles Cooper. In December 2004, Gary Brolsma, then 19 years old, posted a video of himself lip-synching to a Romanian pop song called "Dragostea Din Tei," just for the heck of it.

Decent Q1 Report Card To Give Nadella More Time To Retool Microsoft — Satya Nadella is an executive who likes to keep close to the script -- all the more reason why Microsoft's CEO will be thrilled to get a chance to reclaim the narrative when the company reports its first fiscal quarter on Thursday. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect a per-share profit [...]

Nadella Can't Escape 'Karma-Gate' Remarks — The reverberations from Karma-gate continue to haunt Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Less than a couple of weeks removed from making a verbal gaffe at a conference where he suggested that women should not ask for raises, Nadella was back on more familiar territory talking bits and bytes in San Francisco on [...]
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