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Senators Launch Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus
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Senators Launch Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus

U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen and Shelley Moore Capito have launched a bipartisan caucus to unlock more opportunities for women and girls in STEM careers.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
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Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain
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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.

Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government
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Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government

The Biden administration has established the U.S. Digital Corps to enlist and train technology professionals to serve in digital positions within the federal government...

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...

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.

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.

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies

The Trump administration's standoff with Chinese tech giant Huawei is entering a new phase, one that could put existing intelligence-sharing agreements with U.S...

Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm
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Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm

Major wireless providers are facing new scrutiny into their privacy practices after a bombshell report sparked a public outcry and questions from lawmakers.

Web Inventor ­rges Support For Net Neutrality
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Web Inventor ­rges Support For Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be...

Irs Under Pressure to Clarify Bitcoin Rules
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Irs Under Pressure to Clarify Bitcoin Rules

The Internal Revenue Service is under mounting pressure to issue guidance clarifying how taxpayers should handle transactions involving bitcoin and other digital...
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