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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks
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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta
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NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has requested tougher rules for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving car development.

Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly
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Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly

The search giant is now facing three major antitrust lawsuits.

Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws
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Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws

The Voatz electronic-voting company argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that security researchers should only seek flaws in e-voting systems with...

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters

The Signal encrypted messaging app is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats
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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech
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Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech

Nvidia it is working with German standards body TÜV SÜD to develop a kind of driver's license for self-driving cars.

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
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FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

Flaws in 4G, 5G Allow Snooping on Calls, Pinpointing Device Location
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Flaws in 4G, 5G Allow Snooping on Calls, Pinpointing Device Location

An academic research team has found security flaws in the 4G and 5G cellular networks that can be exploited to spy on phone calls and localize mobile devices.

Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species
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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species...

Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.
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