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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
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What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!

At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action...

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?
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Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown rich off big ideas developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.

I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.
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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.

The price of Bitcoin has fallen more than 50% from its peak in November, which could prove costly for institutions that have bought into digital currencies.

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead...

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes
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Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab has detailed encryption flaws in the mandatory smartphone application China created for Winter Olympics athletes.

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity
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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about....

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports
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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.

Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks
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Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality
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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Some economists blame escalating inequality on the automation of tasks formerly done by humans, in addition to excessive technology investment and supportive public...

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter
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Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter

Inside a Chinese propaganda campaign.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal.

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?
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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone.

Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future
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Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.
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