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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.
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The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.

Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages. Hundreds of arrests were made...

F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department
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F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers' computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin
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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire...

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says
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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of
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A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says
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Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says

Meat processing plants operated by JBS, which handles a fifth of the cattle and hog slaughter in the U.S., were coming back online on Wednesday but were not all...

The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge
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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency's computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion...

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.
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Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
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Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist

While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it's fun.

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Facebook Takes on Superspreaders
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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders

Internet companies are making it harder for those with big followings to spread misinformation. Finally!

Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates
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Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

Florida has become the first state to fine social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for banning political candidates from the platforms for more...

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

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.

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.

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money
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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.
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