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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.

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.

Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools
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Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

The pandemic caused schools to embrace laptops, tablets, Zoom, and an app called GoGuardian that tracks everything students (and, sometimes, parents) do online....

Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance
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Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance

Datacenter unit sales decline from major cloud providers.

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco
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Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Technology job marketplace Hired said the push for remote work has caused technology salaries in New York City and San Francisco to fall.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return
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DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return

The decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Compound mistakenly sent users almost $90 million in cryptocurrency due to a bug in a recent update.

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules
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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, VA, has ruled that only an actual human can be listed as an inventor on patents under U.S. law.

NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk
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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial...

Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation
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Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation

Company says the gender gap in technical roles is especially challenging.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'
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Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.
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