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How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone
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How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location?

Can You Hear Me Now? Spotty Reception in the Heart of Silicon Valley
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Can You Hear Me Now? Spotty Reception in the Heart of Silicon Valley

My phone connection kept dropping out, which didn’t make sense because I was in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance
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Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance

A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin will come to occupy a central place...

Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else
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Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else

For teenagers who like to sing along with Ariana Grande and Flo Rida, Musical.ly is a must-have.

Latest to Quit Google's Self-Driving Car Unit: Top Roboticist
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Latest to Quit Google's Self-Driving Car Unit: Top Roboticist

A roboticist and crucial member of the team that created Google's self-driving car is leaving the company, the latest in a string of departures by important technologists...

China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech
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China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech

Snapchat and Kik, the messaging services, use bar codes that look like drunken checkerboards to connect people and share information with a snap of their smartphone...

They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.
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They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we've come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google.

Google, Trying to Endear Itself to Europe, Spreads Cash Around
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Google, Trying to Endear Itself to Europe, Spreads Cash Around

A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014.

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors
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So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors

The United States is producing more research scientists than academia can handle.

Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board
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Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board

The Tor Project, a nonprofit digital privacy group, on Wednesday replaced its board with a new slate of directors as part of a larger shake-up after allegations...

Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature
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Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature

Even before Tesla revealed that a fatal accident had occurred while one of its cars was in semiautonomous driving mode, a debate was well underway between researchers...

Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect
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Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect

They replaced horses, didn't they? That's how the late, great economist Wassily Leontief responded 35 years ago to those who argued technology would never really...

Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says
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Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says

Never mind Terminator-like killer robots. Artificial intelligence researchers are grappling with more realistic questions like whether their creations will take...

China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
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China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential...

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With Dna
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Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With Dna

As a boy growing up in Denmark, Eske Willerslev could not wait to leave Gentofte, his suburban hometown. As soon as he was old enough, he would strike out for the...

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence
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Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence

In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology—artificial intelligence...

Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face
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Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face

For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China. Capture too much market share or wield too much influence, and Beijing...

He Catches What ­mps Might Miss
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He Catches What ­mps Might Miss

Brett Weber, drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round in 1998, never rose above Class A in the minor leagues. Now he watches their home games from a windowless...

Arms Control Groups ­rge Human Control of Robot Weaponry
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Arms Control Groups ­rge Human Control of Robot Weaponry

Two international arms control groups on Monday issued a report that called for maintaining human control over a new generation of weapons that are increasingly...

Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions
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Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing's Giants Take In Billions

Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world.
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