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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps
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AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps

India's Ministry of Statistics is accelerating artificial intelligence usage for collecting, analyzing, and disclosing data to better monitor the economy.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office
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The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.

China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites
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China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites

China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram in a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application...

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies
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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
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Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone...

Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds
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Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that online searches on gastrointestinal symptoms can forecast a spike in coronavirus cases weeks...

Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology
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Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology

The Interspecies I/O forum last week announced the $1-million Coller Prize for Interspecies Conversation, whose backers include rock artist Peter Gabriel and former...

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
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Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine
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Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine

Kobold Metals, a startup backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others, aims to search for cobalt near a nickel mine in northern Quebec using data analytics.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers
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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.
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