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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better
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Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt...

Cyberwar for Sale
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Cyberwar for Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

Apple Removes New York Times App in China 
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Apple Removes New York Times App in China 

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities...

Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 
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Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned whether critical computer networks can ever be protected from intruders, alarming cybersecurity experts who...

How Scientists Use Slack
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How Scientists Use Slack

When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.

Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.
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Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning last November, they discovered Victor Collins's dead body in the backyard.

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing
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Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
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Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media
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U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country...

The Year Encryption Won
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The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at...

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in EU
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European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in EU

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that laws allowing for the blanket collection and retention of location and traffic data are...

Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs
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Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs

The Minecraft video game was familiar to José Hernández-Orallo long before he started using it for his own research.

Designing a Safer Battery for Smartphones (That Won't Catch Fire)
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Designing a Safer Battery for Smartphones (That Won't Catch Fire)

Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.

A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?
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A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?

The debate over encryption and government access to secured communications dates decades back.

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos
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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor...

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence
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The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia cofounder Chris Malachowsky is eating a sausage omelet and sipping burnt coffee in a Denny's off the Berryessa overpass in San Jose.
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