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Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws
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Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to halt service to Hong Kong if the city's government revises its data protection laws to make the companies liable...

Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves
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Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves

Market researcher Forrester Research has revised its 2021 forecast of U.S. enterprise information technology spending growth from 6% to 7.4% over 2020 levels.

Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge
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Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Judge rules that Federal Trade Commission and states didn't make valid claims that Facebook engaged in unlawful monopolization.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

How to Get More Women into Technology
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How to Get More Women into Technology

Recent initiatives aimed at swelling the ranks of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) include enrichment programs, mentorships, and engagement...

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Insurer to work with tech firm Tractable to assess body-shop damage estimates.

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen
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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries
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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.

Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029
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Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029

Google intends to invest billions of dollars to build a commercial-grade quantum computer that can perform large-scale, error-free calculations by 2029.

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...

AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up
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AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up

CompTIA has observed surging demand for artificial intelligence experts as the economy opens up and companies expand the technology's usage.

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security
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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models of security.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

 Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout
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Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout

More than a year into the pandemic's remote work, corporate tech leaders try to help staff fight feelings of loneliness, fatigue.

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots
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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias
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Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and...

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.
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