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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...

Unsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s
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Unsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the 'king of calm' in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners
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Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around...

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee
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Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing
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Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing

At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, technology industry representatives argued in favor of implementing federal data privacy laws.

Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of Unpredictable Code
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Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of Unpredictable Code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands'...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.

Has Dopamine Got Us Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got Us Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools
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Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools

More than 75% of Android applications contain at least one third-party tracking tool.

Could Virtual Reality Replace Therapy?
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Could Virtual Reality Replace Therapy?

Psychologists are testing virtual reality systems as a therapeutic tool for phobias and disorders.

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and Unemployment, Says Un
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Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and Unemployment, Says Un

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence...

Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet
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Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal
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'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal

A German journalist and data scientist say they were able to easily obtain the "anonymous" online browsing information of more than 3 million Germans.

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
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Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
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AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language...

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'disgusting'
From ACM TechNews

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'disgusting'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality and let Internet service providers sell customers' browsing...
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