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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.

Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G
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Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

The Trump administration's concern about China's growing technology clout is putting even more pressure on U.S. wireless carriers in their marketing battle over...

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...

China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life
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China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life

For years, thousands of virtual private networks (VPNs) have allowed people in China to circumvent restrictions on internet access and visit Facebook, Google, YouTube...

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...

Inside North Korea's Hacker Army
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Inside North Korea's Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone...

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


Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley For Riches Back Home
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Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley For Riches Back Home

A few years ago, Wang Yi was living the American dream. He had graduated from Princeton, landed a job at Google and bought a spacious condo in Silicon Valley.

China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time
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China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they've received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world's second-largest economy...

‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown
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‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

Researchers uncover security holes too big to believe.

Can America's Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? 
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Can America's Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? 

Last month, federal agencies and utility executives held GridEx IV, a biennial event where officials responsible for hundreds of local utilities game out scenarios...

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...

How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street
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How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street

It was AI versus Warren Buffett.

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News
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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception...

This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World
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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them
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Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them

On Wednesday, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: "Ban Russian Bots." Someone—the company doesn't know who—projected the...

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay
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Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company's size has made it too attractive as a target for government...
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