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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts
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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption  
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FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption  

The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday...

China's Xi Calls for More Technology Development
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China's Xi Calls for More Technology Development

President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead development of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay
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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World
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Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint
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Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
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US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes...

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues
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Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step...

What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers
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What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers

The challenge of understanding drivers' behavior and the quirks of local traffic means the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads will be constrained for many...

Automated Cars Could Threaten Jobs of Professional Drivers
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Automated Cars Could Threaten Jobs of Professional Drivers

Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living.

Mexico Taking US Factory jobs? Blame Robots Instead
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Mexico Taking US Factory jobs? Blame Robots Instead

Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

Congressional Report Slams NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
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Congressional Report Slams NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

A House intelligence committee report issued Thursday condemned Edward Snowden, saying the National Security Agency leaker is not a whistleblower and that the vast...

Comey: FBI Wants 'Adult Conversation' on Device Encryption
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Comey: FBI Wants 'Adult Conversation' on Device Encryption

FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting...

Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars
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Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self...

Snapping Up Cheap Spy Tools, Nations 'Monitoring Everyone'
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Snapping Up Cheap Spy Tools, Nations 'Monitoring Everyone'

It was a national scandal. Peru's then-vice president accused two domestic intelligence agents of staking her out.

Defense Secretary Favors Strong Encryption, Not 'Back Doors'
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Defense Secretary Favors Strong Encryption, Not 'Back Doors'

Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation's security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he's "not a believer...

NY judge: US Cannot Make Apple Provide iPhone Data
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NY judge: US Cannot Make Apple Provide iPhone Data

A federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Justice Department cannot use a 227-year-old law to force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data,...
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