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Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws
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Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

At the endless booths of this week's RSA security trade show in San Francisco, an overflowing industry of vendors will offer any visitor an ad nauseam array of...

How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News
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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.

The Rise of DNA Data Storage
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The Rise of DNA Data Storage

The 144 words of Robert Frost's seminal poem "The Road Not Taken" fit neatly onto a single printed page. Or in a 1-kilobyte data file.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI
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Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company's software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could...

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers
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Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When...

Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More
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Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have little incentive...

The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches
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The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches

I usually write in Google's online word processor Google Docs, even when noting the company's shortcomings.

Microsoft's Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data
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Microsoft's Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data

Five years ago, US law enforcement served Microsoft a search warrant for emails as part of a US drug trafficking investigation. In response, Microsoft handed over...

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel
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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna
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DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna

Most people use Google's search-by-image feature to either look for copyright infringement, or for shopping.

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments
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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people...

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires...

It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads
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It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads

When you consider the nagging privacy risks of online advertising, you may find comfort in the thought of a vast, abstract company like Pepsi or Nike viewing you...

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human
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How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person.

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.
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