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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive University Research Projects
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Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive University Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic...

Why Scientists Sometimes Make Extraordinary Claims
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Why Scientists Sometimes Make Extraordinary Claims

The interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua plunged into our solar system in 2017, leaving a trail of mystery in its wake.

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Trump Says He Wants '5G, and even 6G' Wireless Tech. But what Is 6G? 

On Thursday, President Trump urged wireless technology companies to step up their efforts to build next-generation data networks, tweeting that he wanted "5G, and...

Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among Us, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think
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Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among Us, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think

Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University's astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty....

The Shutdown Is Breaking Government Websites, One by One
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The Shutdown Is Breaking Government Websites, One by One

The government shutdown is causing many federal websites to fall into disrepair, causing inconvenience and security concerns.

Video Games Are Now So Beautiful Players Are Spending Hours Framing Stunning Works of Internet Art
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Video Games Are Now So Beautiful Players Are Spending Hours Framing Stunning Works of Internet Art

To capture the perfect lighting, Rasmus Furbo directed Spider-Man to crouch on top of a queen-size bed.

A New Study Finds Potentially Manipulative Ads in Apps for Preschoolers
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A New Study Finds Potentially Manipulative Ads in Apps for Preschoolers

Apps marketed to children 5 and younger deploy potentially manipulating tactics to deliver ads to children, raising questions about the ethics of child software...

Charlotte and Austin Outrank San Francisco in Study of Best Places to Work in Tech
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Charlotte and Austin Outrank San Francisco in Study of Best Places to Work in Tech

The best places to live and work for tech professionals aren't in San Francisco or even the West Coast, according to a new study which offers a snapshot of the...

White House Wooing Tech Workers for Tours of Duty in Government
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White House Wooing Tech Workers for Tours of Duty in Government

The White House plans to convene technology giants including Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft, and IBM on Monday and urge them to make it easier for their workers...

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

Google Really Is Trying to Build a Censored Chinese Search Engine, Its CEO Confirms
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Google Really Is Trying to Build a Censored Chinese Search Engine, Its CEO Confirms

Google on Monday finally confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its...

Trump's Tariffs Won't Bite Apple, Illustrating Tim Cook's Political Sway
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Trump's Tariffs Won't Bite Apple, Illustrating Tim Cook's Political Sway

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been one of President Trump's staunchest critics in Silicon Valley, opposing the White House on immigration, climate change and...

Tech Didn't Spot Russian Interference During the Last Election. Now It's Asking Law Enforcement for Help.
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Tech Didn't Spot Russian Interference During the Last Election. Now It's Asking Law Enforcement for Help.

Silicon Valley companies and law enforcement are starting to talk about how to ward off meddling by malicious actors including Russia on social media in the November...

Why Academics Cannot Be Reduced to Summary Statistics
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Why Academics Cannot Be Reduced to Summary Statistics

The primary means by which universities measure research impact and teaching excellence rely heavily on flawed metrics. And they are particularly flawed if you...

The U.S. Once Again Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer. Keep Up the Hustle.
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The U.S. Once Again Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer. Keep Up the Hustle.

The United States has knocked China out of the No. 1 position in supercomputing.

Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'
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Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'

Google will not seek to extend its contract next year with the Defense Department for artificial intelligence used to analyze drone video, squashing a controversial...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

What the Life and Death of Cambridge Analytica Tells Us about Politics, and Ourselves
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What the Life and Death of Cambridge Analytica Tells Us about Politics, and Ourselves

The demise of Cambridge Analytica this week may bring a fleeting sense of relief to those worried about personal data being used to shape how they vote, or even...
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