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Fearful of Bias, Google Blocks Gender-Based Pronouns From New AI Tool
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Fearful of Bias, Google Blocks Gender-Based Pronouns From New AI Tool

In May, Google introduced a feature for Gmail that automatically completes sentences for users as they type, but will not suggest gender-based pronouns.

U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push
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U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push

U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy—artificial...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 
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New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 

The nightmare scenario for computer security—artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses—may already have arrived.

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups
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China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
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At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets
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China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features...

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities...

Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government
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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded...

Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'
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Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director...

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...

­kraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks
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­kraine 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.

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

­.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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­.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 ­se Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities ­se 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...
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