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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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

­.s. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes
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­.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...

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.

In Mapping Eclipses, World's First Computer Maybe Also Told Fortunes
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In Mapping Eclipses, World's First Computer Maybe Also Told Fortunes

A 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets may also have had another purpose—fortune telling...

Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight
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Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies...

­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone
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­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities...

Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption
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Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption

Apple Inc  and the FBI will return to Congress next week to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices...

White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources
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White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law...

Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways
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Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways

Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event...
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