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Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89
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Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89

Frank Heart, who supervised development of the first routing computer for the precursor to the Internet, has passed away.

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid
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Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid

Here's the mission for Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a nutshell: Fly to a carbon-rich asteroid between the orbits of Earth and Mars, study it for a year and a...

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
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The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You
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In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

The camera perched above the bus stop sends back a continuous feed from the corner of 16th Avenue and South 18th Street in Newark's West Ward.

ZTE's Near-Collapse May Be China's Sputnik Moment
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ZTE's Near-Collapse May Be China's Sputnik Moment

Once derided as a technology backwater and copycat, China is justifiably proud of its technology boom.

Move Over, China: ­.S. Is Again Home to World's Speediest Supercomputer
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Move Over, China: ­.S. Is Again Home to World's Speediest Supercomputer

The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world's speediest supercomputer.

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81
From ACM Careers

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Samuel F. Dabney, an electrical engineer who laid the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari and helped create the hit console game...

How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google
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How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google

Fei-Fei Li is among the brightest stars in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, somehow managing to hold down two demanding jobs simultaneously: head...

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law
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The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry...

­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules
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­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday...

Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous ­ber Car's Fatal Crash
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Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous ­ber Car's Fatal Crash

More than a second before a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in March, the vehicle's computer system determined it needed to brake...

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Why A.I. and Cryptocurrency Are Making One Type of Computer Chip Scarce
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Why A.I. and Cryptocurrency Are Making One Type of Computer Chip Scarce

Two technology booms—some people might call them frenzies—are combining to turn a once-obscure type of microprocessor into a must-have but scarce commodity.

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference
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Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference

Last year, representatives of 25 countries met in Tokyo to work on setting international standards for the blockchain, the technology that was introduced by the...

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...

Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as ­.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies
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Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as ­.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies

The United States undercut China's technology ambitions on Tuesday, advancing a new rule that would limit the ability of Chinese telecommunications companies to...

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...

A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All
From ACM News

A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All

Next month, a comprehensive new data protection law goes into effect in the European Union, placing greater requirements on how companies like Facebook and Google...

Tech Thinks It Has a Fix for the Problems It Created: Blockchain
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Tech Thinks It Has a Fix for the Problems It Created: Blockchain

Entrepreneurs, companies, and governments look to use databases like Blockchain—often independent of Bitcoin—to solve some of the most intractable issues facing...
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