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Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes
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Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes

The change of Instagram's algorithm to prioritize videos over photos has put a damper on the social media strategies of small food businesses.

EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act
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EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act

The European Union was expected to finalize the Digital Markets Act, the most sweeping legislation to regulate tech since a European privacy law was passed in 2018...

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly

All five of the biggest publicly traded crypto mining companies are developing, or already operating, plants powered by renewable energy.

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

Helping A.I. to Learn About Indigenous Cultures
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Helping A.I. to Learn About Indigenous Cultures

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-Friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-Friendly

Facing intense criticism, the crypto mining industry is trying to change the view that its energy-guzzling computers are harmful to the climate.

See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department
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See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department's robots last year. ...

U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia
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U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia

To try to halt the war in Ukraine, the U.S. and its allies have imposed the most sweeping export controls seen in decades on Russia. Now they have to enforce them...

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

Products allow anyone to use AI without writing any computer code.

Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists
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Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists

Companies are experimenting with personalized diet apps, saying the future of healthy eating is A.I.

How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police
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How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police

A new state agency has a $10-million budget to regulate Google, Facebook and others. But first it needs to be created.

How Much Real Money Can You Make From Virtual Art?
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How Much Real Money Can You Make From Virtual Art?

NFTs are making some collectors and artists rich, but success in this high-risk marketplace is more art than science.

Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision
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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision

The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that's the theory. Making it work has been much mess

Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New
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Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New

The company is undertaking a far-reaching effort to change how it works. For some, it is an echo of their early idealism and a vision for what the Internet could...

Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary
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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo
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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.
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As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants
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War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants

Twitter said it would label all posts containing links to Russian state-affiliated media outlets, and Meta said it would restrict access to some EU outlets to ward...

Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants
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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.
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