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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR
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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers
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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies...

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests
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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Data was used to enable harassment, may aid financial fraud.

Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table
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Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table

Group is trying to define what is acceptable in cyberspace.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.

Over 40% of West Coast Tech Job Listings Are Outside West Coast
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Over 40% of West Coast Tech Job Listings Are Outside West Coast

An analysis by the Conference Board found West Coast technology companies listing nearly half of their white-collar jobs in states outside that region.

Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas
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Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas

Flaws found in third-party software for Teslas can allow hacks.

Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs
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Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the "Hack DHS" bug bounty program in which outside hackers will be paid to identify vulnerabilities in certain...

Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse
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Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse

Barbados is building its next embassy in Decentraland, an online world that is accessible to anyone with a computer and a virtual reality headset.

Microsoft, Apple Reveal Anti-Slavery Measures in Australia Law
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Microsoft, Apple Reveal Anti-Slavery Measures in Australia Law

Critics say policy would be stronger with non-compliance fines.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
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'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch
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DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch

DHL's supply-chain unit has doubled the number of robots it uses in the U.S. to about 1,500 ahead of the holidays, in addition to hiring 15,000 seasonal workers...

Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian
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Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian

California's Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday that it has been contacted by Waymo and that the company will file a crash report within 10 days, as required...

Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs
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Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs

Such programs pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in networks

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans
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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.

Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant
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Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant

Korean giant picks Taylor, just outside existing Austin base.

Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City
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Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City

California drone startup Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare to deliver medicine and other supplies to its Salt Lake City...

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues
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World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

The World Bank's Climate Warehouse program is consulting with cryptocurrency startups like the Chia Network to build a "public-good layer" for climate.
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