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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s
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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s

Suffolk County officials had to return to the days of paper checks and faxes after an episode that exposed government weaknesses.

Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?
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Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?

MinChan Kim, 18, is the pilot to watch when the Drone Racing League returns to NBC Sports this weekend.

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX
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Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX

The rapid collapse of FTX, built by the billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, suggests that no company in the freewheeling, loosely regulated crypto industry is safe. ...

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses
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Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses

Wegmans has discontinued the self-checkout SCAN app it rolled out early in the pandemic to offer contactless shopping, citing losses tied to the app.

Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?
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Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?

A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

A partnership between self-driving startup Kodiak Robotics and trucking company U.S. Xpress resulted in a self-driving 18-wheeler driving goods between Dallas and...

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car
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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road...

In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities
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In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities

Independent website Alt News has emerged as a leading debunker of misinformation in India, but highlighting hate speech against minorities has put it on a collision...

'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks
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'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

Major data gaps, the result of decades of underinvestment in public health, have undercut the government response to the coronavirus, and now to monkeypox.

YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations
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YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations

Mozilla Foundation researchers found pressing the "dislike" button on a YouTube video does little to improve the videos chosen by the YouTube platform's recommender...

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands
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Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
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The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

How Silicon Chips Rule the World
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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

Maintaining the flow of oil is still crucial for the world economy. But now the supply of semiconductors is also critical for commerce, and war and peace.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes
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TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes

A privacy researcherfound the TikTok video application's Web browser can track users' keystrokes.

The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score
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The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score

Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability. What is lost...

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.
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