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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.

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.

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.

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years
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Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Apple will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
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U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer
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OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence...

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...

Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: ­.N. Telecoms Chief
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Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: ­.N. Telecoms Chief

U.S. security concerns about 5G mobile networks built by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei appear to be driven by politics and trade rather than any evidence, the head...

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...

­.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.

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.

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.

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 
From ACM News

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.
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