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Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online
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Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.

China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought
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China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought

Some of China's biggest technology companies are helping the government operate a mass surveillance system.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure
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Top ­.S. ­niversities Shun Cash From Huawei ­nder Trump Pressure

Pressure from Congress and the Trump administration has forced top U.S. universities to refuse research funding from China's Huawei Technologies over national security...

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal
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These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

Japanese startup Vaak has developed artificial intelligence software that looks for potential shoplifters on video surveillance footage.

Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...

Huawei Sues ­.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash
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Huawei Sues ­.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China...

Putin Wants His Own Internet
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Putin Wants His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they'd never done before: cut mobile internet...

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds
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Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Technologies Co. has turned to a blend of wit, sarcasm and defiance to publicly fight allegations that the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment...

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind
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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon warns the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off an "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by...

Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere
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Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That...

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future...

AI vs. the Hackers
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AI vs. the Hackers

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and various startups increasingly are implementing machine learning algorithms that adapt to hackers' constantly evolving tactics.

Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers
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Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.'s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company's administrators...

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler
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Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help...

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020
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Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

China's plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points...

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall
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Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.
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