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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules
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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's...

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown
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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.
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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The development of self-driving vehicles has become a goal that only the most well-heeled companies are currently pursuing.

What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?
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What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What's keeping it from happening, and why are some...

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.
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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

Clearing hurdles to fast Internet for all.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast
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Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Many restaurants expect digital ordering and drive-throughs to remain key business channels, and some are testing artificial intelligence to predict and suggest...

Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter
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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality
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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality

Where the war over net neutrality stands, and why it (sort of) matters today.

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law
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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge's ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters
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A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent, and block social media.

In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed
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In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed

First-time buyers have the tech-smarts and now the tools to do all or part of their purchase online, sometimes even before seeing their new houses in person.

Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close
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Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company's high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.

When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse
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When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...
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