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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores
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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls
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Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls

Some are concerned about the increased use of digital strategies by authoritarian regimes worldwide to undermine human rights and facilitate mass surveillance. ...

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality
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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
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China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus

Researchers said Chinese social media platforms censored keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak as early as December, potentially limiting the Chinese public's...

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...

EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition
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EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition

The European Commission is planning regulation that will entitle European Union citizens to control the use of their facial recognition data.

How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens
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How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens

Deloitte and other sources say China is home to about half the approximately 1,000 smart cities currently under development worldwide.

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats
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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .

Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health
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Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet and Apple are following different strategies to transform healthcare.

Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act
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Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act

Over the past few years, banks have made significant strides in trader surveillance, embracing communication monitoring tools that look for obvious flash phrases...

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition
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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port...

How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.
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