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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic
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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds
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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian...

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past
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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.

David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79
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David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

In 1969, he was part of a team of young engineers who built the first machine to switch data among computers using the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out
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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple
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How Technocrats Triumphed at Apple

The man who helped give the world candy-colored computers eventually walked out the door. What does that mean for the company's next big thing?

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built
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A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built

The Czinger 21C is made with 3D printers. "If he's successful," an analyst said, "it will be an earthquake for the industry."

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds
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Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There
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Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Proponents of artificial intelligence believe it can be used to predict, and help to prevent, dangerous driving behaviors.

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
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Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases
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How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.
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