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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...

Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says
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Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

The growth of automation so far has had a negligible impact on jobs at a global level, according to the World Bank's chief economist.

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...

Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI
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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI

Prominent computer scientists have formed a coalition to establish a pan-European laboratory concentrating on artificial intelligence.

AI Is Watching Employee Expenses
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AI Is Watching Employee Expenses

AppZen has developed an artificial intelligence program that can identify dubious work expense claims and educate employees about travel and expense policies.

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.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
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Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

The Big Hack: How China ­sed a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate ­.S. Companies
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The Big Hack: How China ­sed a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate ­.S. Companies

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming...

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown
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Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling.

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto
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Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging...

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...

If You're A Facebook ­ser, You're Also a Research Subject
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If You're A Facebook ­ser, You're Also a Research Subject

The professor was incredulous.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law
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Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law

Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to...

Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers
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Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers

Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to...

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy
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Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy


Blockchain Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM
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Blockchain Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM

Blockchain is getting bigger at Big Blue.

How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
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How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship...

Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day
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Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, "Intel Inside" stickers displayed on their foam torsos...
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