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Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire
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Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire

The staff had no warning and noone to appeal to; all video calls were anonymized.

Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes
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Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes

Although voluntary, breaking the Code after signing up to it risks an even heavier fine than breaching GDPR rules.

Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'
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Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk wants to investigate whether the number of bots on the platform is as low as the company claims—or is he looking for a way out?

Ireland's Datacenters Now Consume More Power than its Entire Rural Population
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Ireland's Datacenters Now Consume More Power than its Entire Rural Population

While Ireland's datacenters consume a lot of power (more than 1,000 GW in Q4'21), they account for only a small proportion of the country's carbon output.

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group
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U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group

The hacking incident occurred in March 2022, resulting in the theft of more than $600 million in Ethereum and USDC stablecoins.

Ukraine Requests ICANN, Crypto Exchanges Block Russia
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Ukraine Requests ICANN, Crypto Exchanges Block Russia

Namecheap tells Russian customers to leave.

AI Cannot Patent its Own Work, U.S. Copyright Office Rules
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AI Cannot Patent its Own Work, U.S. Copyright Office Rules

Copyright law only protects "the fruits of intellectual labor" that "are founded in the creative powers of the human mind," it says.

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing
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World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing

Apple, Amazon, and Google were among the companies said to 'lack integrity' when it came to setting, and following, net-zero pledges.

Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link
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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

The EU police agency has been accused of hoovering up data indiscriminately to create tools and algorithms.

German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage
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German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage

ASML is the sole provider of the extreme ultraviolet lithography machines used by TSMC, Samsung and other chip makers.

AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again
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AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again

The outage totally shut down internet connectivity in two regions of the USA

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

IBM Turns to AI to Predict and Mitigate Climate Risk
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IBM Turns to AI to Predict and Mitigate Climate Risk

Extreme weather is already affecting supply chains around the planet.

Digital Gender Gap Has Cost Over $1 Trillion - So Far
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Digital Gender Gap Has Cost Over $1 Trillion - So Far

Men are more than half as likely to have Internet access than women in the world's poorest countries.

Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software
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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software

Google's Open Source Security Team is starting with a $1-million investment, and plans to expand the program's scope based on community feedback.

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn
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Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Many electronic manufacturers are turning to risky supply channels to meet demand.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.
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