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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps
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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'
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Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'

Authentication services provider Okta reported a hacker breach that may have impacted some of its customers.

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality
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African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality

Developers like South African computer scientist Raesetje Sefala hope to combat inequality across Africa by harnessing artificial intelligence AI.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases
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South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases

South Korea in January plans launch a pilot project to track the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 and anyone with whom they had close contact

IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years
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IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years

IBM said new techniques for building the chip eventually will produce more qubits, when combined with advances in the quantum computer's refrigeration and control...

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories
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Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Venture capitalists are investing in leasing robots from Silicon Valley startups to smaller U.S. factories amid a labor shortage.

Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories
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Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Although analysts have warned that millions of blue-collar jobs in the U.S. industrial heartland will soon be displaced by robots, that is not yet the case at small...

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.
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