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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted
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Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted

Law enforcement has objected in the past to encrypting iCloud accounts.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'
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Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'

Musk wants to grow the platform, but he also wants it to be a free speech free-for-all.

How TikTok Ate the Internet
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How TikTok Ate the Internet

The world's most popular app has pioneered a new age of instant attention. Can we trust it?

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet
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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.

AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds
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AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds

Researchers worry these systems produce images that can cause a range of harms, such as reinforcing racial and gender stereotypes or plagiarizing artists without...

The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries
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The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries

Meet Flippy, Sippy and Chippy, the newest technology stepping in to address a protracted labor crunch in food service.

Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches
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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Searchers, beware: That Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo ad might be 'malvertising'—phishing campaigns and malware hiding behind legit-looking links.

This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls
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This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls

A mobile robot balance assistant developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University can anticipate and catch seniors before they fall.

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data
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Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data

BigScience is a global effort to build a more transparent, accountable AI, with less of the bias that infects so many Big Tech initiatives.

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.
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