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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...

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...

Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn
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Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn

The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn...

Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance
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Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Facial recognition software, scanners that detect weapons and cameras that spot nervous people are some of the technologies that could be used more widely to secure...

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'
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Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation...

Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma
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Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma

Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions...

Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content
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Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers...

Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover
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Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover

The free flow of data across the Atlantic, the lifeblood of modern business dealings, faces an uncertain future, despite a belated, high-level deal between European...

Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots
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Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots

Scientists in Italy are developing "smart materials" that will enable robots to biodegrade like a human body once they have reached the end of their life span. 
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