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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary
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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo
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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.
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As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants
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War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants

Twitter said it would label all posts containing links to Russian state-affiliated media outlets, and Meta said it would restrict access to some EU outlets to ward...

Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants
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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.

Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions
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Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions

Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.

White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology
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White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology

Biden administration officials have warned Russia that it could face further restrictions on technology that is critical to its economy and military.

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
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IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The Internal Revenue Service has walked back a requirement for taxpayers to use facial recognition to access their online accounts.

The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?
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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, the...

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship
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Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship

Explorers have started combing the Weddell Sea for Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, which sank in 1915.

The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects
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The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow
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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.

I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification
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I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from ID.me.

Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All
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Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All

Helium, a wireless network powered by cryptocurrency, hints at the practical promise of decentralized services.

Tiny Chips, Big Headaches
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Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Concern is growing about larger, more intricate cloud computing networks' fundamental dependence on less reliable and less predictable chips.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.
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