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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review
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Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review

The long-awaited executive order aims to ensure that the U.S. fosters the surging industry while mitigating its potential threats.

Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work
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Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work

Pablo Picasso's descendants plan to auction off more than 1,000 digital pieces representing a previously unseen ceramic work by the Spanish artist.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies
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The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies

New water cybersecurity standards are coming – but they're voluntary.

Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege
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Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege

Complaints allege the company has deployed 'dark patterns,' design tricks that can subtly influence users' decisions in ways that are advantageous for a business...

Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference
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Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference

Sweden on Jan. 1 created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to fight the spread of disinformation campaigns.

The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm
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The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm

A year after the attack on the Capitol, data scientists say artificial intelligence can help forecast insurrection — with some big concerns.

Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers
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Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers

More than a quarter of Amazon search results are paid ads, according to the complaint filed by a coalition of labor unions.

Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups
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Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups

Google and Microsoft are taking on hackers.

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks
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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.

 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China
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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

The rule is not intended to keep American researchers from working with colleagues overseas to find software flaws.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

Bye-Bye, Miners! How Ethereum's Big Change Will Work
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Bye-Bye, Miners! How Ethereum's Big Change Will Work

The cryptocurrency is jettisoning the "miners" who track and validate transactions on the world's most-used blockchain network.

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...
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