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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence
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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels...

Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers
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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said around 100 officers of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate would participate in the...

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers
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Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Ride-hailing firm Lyft announced it was testing an earnings algorithm so drivers in 18 U.S. cities can view destination and pay details before accepting requests...

Siemens Automates Design Process for Testing Chips with Advanced Packaging
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Siemens Automates Design Process for Testing Chips with Advanced Packaging

Siemens Digital Industries Software's new software system automates the design process for testing chips with several layers of silicon tiles.

Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch
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Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch

While startups have promised to develop truly driverless cars, industry executives and experts say remote human supervisors may need to be a permanent part of the...

China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry
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China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a proposed roadmap for developing its civilian drone industry.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps
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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'
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Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'

Authentication services provider Okta reported a hacker breach that may have impacted some of its customers.

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality
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African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality

Developers like South African computer scientist Raesetje Sefala hope to combat inequality across Africa by harnessing artificial intelligence AI.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.
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