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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.

Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness
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Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness

A recent spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of add-ons to Google's Chrome Web browser.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers
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India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers

India's government has directed all public- and private-sector employees to use a state-supported coronavirus contact tracing app.

Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency
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Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing software that will allow drivers of its vehicles to earn virtual currency as an incentive for sharing data.

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'
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Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of...

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.

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages
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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.

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...

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

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.

Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an...
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