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­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals
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­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals

A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.

Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business
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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities
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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
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At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

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.

Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters
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Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters

The Virtual Singapore project will offer state agencies and, eventually, the public access to a three-dimensional model of the city.

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.

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...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
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Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights
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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

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.

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch
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The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles...

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...

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...

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw
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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

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...
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