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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

The Justice Department filed its long-awaited lawsuit against Google.

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’
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Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

It had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article about the Bidens, but said late Thursday that it would allow similar content to be shared.

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same
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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work...

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers
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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

The Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. tech companies have long valued.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?
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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition
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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm
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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother's question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...

U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups
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U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups

ISIS and other groups openly solicited virtual currency donations because they mistakenly believed that the transactions would be anonymous, officials said.

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...
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