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Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight
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Apple and U.s. Bitterly Turn Up Volume in Iphone Privacy Fight

The Obama administration argued on Thursday that "no single corporation"—even one as successful as Apple—should be allowed to flout the rule of law by refusingF...

Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans
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Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans

Richard Socher appeared nervous as he waited for his artificial intelligence program to answer a simple question: "Is the tennis player wearing a cap?"

At Rsa Conference, Unlikely Allies Address Value of Digital Security
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At Rsa Conference, Unlikely Allies Address Value of Digital Security

To Amit Yoran, a digital security veteran, the fight between Apple and the F.B.I. over access to an iPhone can be viewed in black-and-white terms: What law enforcement...

White House Officials Soften Approach at Rsa Conference
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White House Officials Soften Approach at Rsa Conference

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch joined a parade of Obama administration officials to tech's home turf on Tuesday. Their message: National security depends on...

Report Cites Dangers of Autonomous Weapons
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Report Cites Dangers of Autonomous Weapons

The report warns about a range of real-world risks associated with weapons systems that are completely autonomous.

Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88
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Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88

Clark’s computer designs built a bridge from the era of mainframe systems to personal computers.

Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack Iphone
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Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack Iphone

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar...

Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security
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Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security

It took six years for Apple to persuade China's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to sell the iPhone.

Tim Cook Opposes Order For Apple to ­nlock Iphone, Setting ­p Showdown
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Tim Cook Opposes Order For Apple to ­nlock Iphone, Setting ­p Showdown

Apple said on Wednesday that it would oppose and challenge a federal court order to help the F.B.I. unlock an iPhone used by one of the two attackers who killed...

Creating a Computer Voice That People Like
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Creating a Computer Voice That People Like

When computers speak, how human should they sound?

New Ways Into the Brain's 'music Room'
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New Ways Into the Brain's 'music Room'

Whether to enliven a commute, relax in the evening or drown out the buzz of a neighbor's recreational drone, Americans listen to music nearly four hours a day.

At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest
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At Berkeley, a New Digital Privacy Protest

After hackers breached the computer network of the U.C.L.A. medical center last summer, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, and her office...

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88
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Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that...

Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants
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Europe's Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on ­.s. Tech Giants

The latest standoff between Europe and American tech companies runs through a quiet street just north of the Louvre Museum, past chic cafes and part of the French...

Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief
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Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief

Three years ago, Charles Chase, an engineer who manages Lockheed Martin's nuclear fusion program, was sitting on a white leather couch at Google's Solve for X conference...

For Now, Self-Driving Cars Still Need Humans
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For Now, Self-Driving Cars Still Need Humans

Car enthusiasts, after hearing industry executives discussing the self-driving technology being built into their vehicles, might be forgiven for thinking robotic...

'hack the Dinos' Helps Paleontologists
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'hack the Dinos' Helps Paleontologists

Kaleigh Clary, a computer science graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, drove down to offer a day of free work for the American Museum of...

Insurers Brace For the Self-Driving Future and Fewer Accidents
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Insurers Brace For the Self-Driving Future and Fewer Accidents

As autonomous driving technology advances, perhaps the most notable benefit is the promise of a striking reduction in accidents.

Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle
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Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle

Does the Higgs boson have a cousin?

Artificial-Intelligence Research Center Is Founded By Silicon Valley Investors
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Center Is Founded By Silicon Valley Investors

A group of prominent Silicon Valley investors and technology companies said on Friday that they would establish an artificial-intelligence research center to develop...
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