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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

France Fines Google €500 Million Over Publication Rights
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France Fines Google €500 Million Over Publication Rights

France's Autorité de la Concurrence ordered Google to present a remuneration offer to news publishers and agencies for the use of their copyrighted content.

Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible
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Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible

The incentive could entice businesses to pay ransoms, funding continued criminal activity.

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core
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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere
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IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere

IT is central to continuity and recovery and job cuts should be avoided, but there are plenty of other places savings can be made.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.
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