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Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones
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Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones

Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow access...

For the ­.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over
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For the ­.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over

A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.

Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.
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Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.

There is little doubt that the Defense Department needs help from Silicon Valley's biggest companies as it pursues work on artificial intelligence. The question...

Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers
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Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers

Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people...

The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race
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The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race

As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly...

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.
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It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem...

Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn
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Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn

Machines are starting to learn tasks on their own. They are identifying faces, recognizing spoken words, reading medical scans and even carrying on their own conversations...

­ncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'
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­ncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'

"How did the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' come to life? What steps did Vermeer take to make this painting?"

The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
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The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

In 2011, the election board in Pennsylvania's Venango County—a largely rural county in the northwest part of the state—asked David A. Eckhardt, a computer science...

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced
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After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking...

Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
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Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy—and perhaps elucidate...

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
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As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'
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Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'

Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance...

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something...

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts
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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over...

Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule
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Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

Big Bets on A.i. Open a New Frontier For Chip Start-­ps, Too
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Big Bets on A.i. Open a New Frontier For Chip Start-­ps, Too

For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.

Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies
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Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Russian and Venezuelan officials are hoping virtual currencies can help their countries make an end run around American sanctions.
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