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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption
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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America by Using Facebook Tool to ID and Influence Voters
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Russians Took a Page from Corporate America by Using Facebook Tool to ID and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook...

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife
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Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing"...

Underwater 'Ironman' Jetpack Lets You Swim Faster Than Michael Phelps
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Underwater 'Ironman' Jetpack Lets You Swim Faster Than Michael Phelps

Two Silicon Valley engineers had an ambitious goal: Create an underwater, Ironman-inspired jetpack capable of propelling someone through water faster than Michael...

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
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How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...

A Researcher Disguised Himself as a Car Seat to Teach Driverless Cars How to Communicate With Humans
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A Researcher Disguised Himself as a Car Seat to Teach Driverless Cars How to Communicate With Humans

Researchers costumed themselves as car seats to give the appearance no one is driving during autonomous vehicle experiments.

After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition
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After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition

U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car
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How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring...

How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps
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How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps

A Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the U.S. Justice Department announced....

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything
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How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything

Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued...

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet...

Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China
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Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China

Now a number of female students at one of the country's top universities can use their face to open doors, according to news reports.

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.
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Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed...

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners
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Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide...

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 
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How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder. 

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.
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