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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.

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.

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...

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.

'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.

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...

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...

Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest
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Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest

The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones. What's taking so long?

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial
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Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

The Bank of Israel is testing Ethereum's blockchain technology as part of a new internal digital shekel trial.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
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Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone...

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
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Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages
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WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found three potential ways to alter conversations in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.
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