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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

Ukraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks
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Ukraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password.

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales
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New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 
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U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch...

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Paralyzed Patients Communicate Thoughts Via Brain-Computer Interface
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Paralyzed Patients Communicate Thoughts Via Brain-Computer Interface

A new noninvasive brain-computer interface has enabled researchers in the U.K. to communicate with patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.

Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos
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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.

U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources
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U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals...

Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways
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Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways

ThyssenKrupp's new $43 million elevator test tower soars 246 meters (808 ft) above the German town of Rottweil, but the company's lifts chief is not only thinking...

U.S. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'Talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes
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U.S. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'Talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday proposed requiring all new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another using short-range wireless technology...

Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos
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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor...

Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany
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Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany

Germany's spy chief has warned that Russian hackers are pelting his country with disinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns already...

Digitizing the CIA: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar
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Digitizing the CIA: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar

When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of...

Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants
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Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants

Clamshell grills are making burger flipping obsolete at McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets and other burger chains. Digital kiosks, tabletop tablets and mobile phones are...

Blind Athlete Runs Desert Marathon Unassisted Using Smartphone App
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Blind Athlete Runs Desert Marathon Unassisted Using Smartphone App

IBM researchers have developed an application designed to help visually-impaired runners navigate on their own.

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North
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Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

In one college major at Seoul's elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.

Cybercrime Market Sells Servers for as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks
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Cybercrime Market Sells Servers for as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks

A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread...
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