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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings
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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings

The munchable machine could be used in rescue missions.

FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat
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FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat

Christopher Wray voices concerns over a proposed deal to allow the continued operation of the Chinese-owned app in the U.S.

Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States
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Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States

The company will change its location tracking disclosures in 2023.

Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes
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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.

Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink
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Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink

Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain in the world, is transitioning to proof of stake. That sentence may not make sense to you, but it's a huge deal.

White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse
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White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse

Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings...

Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision
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Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision

Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute have developed a soft touch sensing gripper that helps robots determine the right amount of force to grip and help...

More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years
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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years

More than a third of 1,000 surveyed women in the technology sector intend to quit in the next two years, driven by the pandemic and gender inequality.

The Tech Industry is a 'Boys Club,' New Report Says
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The Tech Industry is a 'Boys Club,' New Report Says

While women in tech have some optimism about the future of the industry, they're feeling the effects of being an underrepresented group.

Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage
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Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage

The social network's services, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, were offline for about six hours on Monday.

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.

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

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.

Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup
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Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

Quic has been in public development for nearly eight years.

William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

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.

Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds
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Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds

A study found that half of young women who enter the tech workforce exit it by age 35.

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...

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.
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