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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

How Game Theory Changed Poker
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How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach...

Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution
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Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery as logistics operators faced with labor shortages turn to automation...

The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout
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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

Ultra-wideband technology could revolutionize interaction with devices, if privacy and other issues can be addressed.

Microsoft Hit by Defections as Tech Giants Battle for Talent to Build the Metaverse
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Microsoft Hit by Defections as Tech Giants Battle for Talent to Build the Metaverse

Around 100 people on the team developing Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headsets have left, mostly to Facebook parent Meta.

Levi's AI Chief Says Algorithms Have Helped Boost Revenue
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Levi's AI Chief Says Algorithms Have Helped Boost Revenue

Artificial intelligence and a data repository built on Google Cloud have helped Levi Strauss & Co. improve revenue and profitability, says chief strategy and AI...

The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know
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The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know

Much of the Internet, from Amazon's cloud to connected TVs, is riddled with the log4j vulnerability, and has been for years.

TikTok to Adjust Its Algorithm to Avoid Negative Reinforcement
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TikTok to Adjust Its Algorithm to Avoid Negative Reinforcement

The app says it is working to diversify the content it pushes to individual users in order to protect their mental well-being.

Xerox to Announce Multiyear Cloud Deal With Oracle
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Xerox to Announce Multiyear Cloud Deal With Oracle

Xerox will use Oracle's cloud-computing infrastructure and software as a digital backbone for a swathe of ventures being developed in its business incubator.

World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.

Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
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Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug

Companies and governments scrambled this past weekend to patch a major bug in a piece of popular Internet software that security experts warned could grant hackers...

How to Understand the Data Explosion
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How to Understand the Data Explosion

The world is set to generate an astronomical amount of digital information. To get a handle on it, start with a grain of rice.

Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case
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Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case

Fine comes amid a similar investigation being carried out by EU authorities.

Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions
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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments...

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to replace Dorsey atop social-media company effective immediately.

What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet
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What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet

Real estate firm Zillow Group had looked to its digital home-flipping business Zillow Offers to lead its growth in the future, but that will not happen.

Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business
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Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business

Detroit's two biggest car companies are looking to align with computer chip makers to develop and potentially manufacture chips.

Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.
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