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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility
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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility

The complaint alleges Google's "self-preferencing Results-page architecture" resulted in nearly two-thirds of Google searches in 2020 being completed without users...

White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections
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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks.

Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems
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Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

The release comes a week after the health system's information services were shut down by hackers.

Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks
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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations...

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities
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Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said hackers had infiltrated federal agencies and other critical organizations.

U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO
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U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that distribution systems within the country's electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says
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Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says

Drone delivery service Zipline has partnered with "a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines" to start dispatching doses to global partner sites as soon as April...

Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats
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Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats

The White House has unveiled a plan to protect the U.S. maritime transportation sector against cybersecurity threats.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected...

Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.
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Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.

The Trump administration announced a research and development agreement on artificial intelligence with the U.K., designed to advance cooperation on development...

Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances
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Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances

The City Council of Portland, OR, on Wednesday adopted two landmark ordinances barring city and private usage of facial recognition technology.

U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems
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U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency  successfully completed a biannual simulated cyberattack on critical...

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
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Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges
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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs
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Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

A "pandemic drone" is being tested by police in Westport, CT,

Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers
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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

White-hat hackers are helping thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting
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Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting

U.S. lawmakers have urged House leaders to consider virtual voting in order to conduct business while complying with health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic...

Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight
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Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

Some of Google's biggest rivals filed amicus briefs on its behalf Monday in a copyright battle with Oracle.  

Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks
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Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks

Microsoft, MasterCard, the Hewlett Foundation, and other organizations have jointly announced the launch of an institute to probe cyberattacks and help their victims...
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