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Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal
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Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal

European officials approved a new agreement on Tuesday that will allow some of the world’s largest companies, including Google and General Electric, to move digital...

Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature
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Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature

Even before Tesla revealed that a fatal accident had occurred while one of its cars was in semiautonomous driving mode, a debate was well underway between researchers...

How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin's Civil War
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How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin's Civil War

A delegation of American executives flew to Beijing in April for a secret meeting just blocks from Tiananmen Square.

Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?
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Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?

Most people believe self-driving vehicles should ultimately put their passengers' lives first, according to a new study.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

The banking password may be about to expire—forever.

Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks
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Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

After Orlando and San Bernardino and Paris, there is new urgency to understand the signs that can precede acts of terrorism.

Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury
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Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband...

A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'dark Ages' of the Internet
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A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'dark Ages' of the Internet

A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab's Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreatsa...

For Driverless Cars, City-Like Test Sites Offer the ­npredictable
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For Driverless Cars, City-Like Test Sites Offer the ­npredictable

Automakers are turning to city-like test sites as they race to create the perfect self-driving car. 

Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive
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Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

Your smartphone allows you to get almost instantaneous answers to the most obscure questions. It also allows you to waste hours scrolling through Facebook or looking...

5 Things That Give Self-Driving Cars Headaches
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5 Things That Give Self-Driving Cars Headaches

Fully automated cars don’t drink and drive, fall asleep at the wheel, text, talk on the phone or put on makeup while driving.

Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules
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Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules

Europe likes to think it leads the world in protecting people’s privacy, and that is particularly true for the region’s so-called right to be forgotten.

Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says
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Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says

Never mind Terminator-like killer robots. Artificial intelligence researchers are grappling with more realistic questions like whether their creations will take...

China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
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China Quietly Targets ­.s. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential...

Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First
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Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First

Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you.

Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome
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Scientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

Scientists are now contemplating the creation of a synthetic human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes...

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
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When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence
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Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley For Edge in Artificial Intelligence

In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology—artificial intelligence...

Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill
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Police and Tech Giants Wrangle Over Encryption on Capitol Hill

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney of Manhattan, visited Washington late last month to argue his case on a pressing issue: encryption.

Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor
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Moore's Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks For a Successor

For decades, the computer industry has been guided by a faith that engineers would always find a way to make the components on computer chips smaller, faster and...
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