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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us
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Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Meet Hume AI, a potentially more humane way to let the machines in.

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.

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.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

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.

The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social
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The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social

Tech titans and upstarts alike are working to deepen our relationships with their robots.

Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion
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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Even as the world continues to grapple with chip shortages, it's time to be on the lookout for a clearing of that backlog where insatiable hunger might quickly...

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.

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.
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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision

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.

He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?
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He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?

Philip Agre, a computer scientist turned humanities professor, was prescient about many of the ways technology would impact the world.

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...

Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales
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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
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