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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'
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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans
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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.

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.

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension
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Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

A relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons could be constructed with currently available components.

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed
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Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

A new U.K. government standard for transparency requires ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision...

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills
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U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that nearly a third of the U.S. workforce has limited or no digital skills.

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack
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Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves
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Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.

U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy
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U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy

Experts said the decision by the regulator was a significant one.

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say
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World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say

The C-shaped parent xenobots collect and compress loose stem cells together into piles which can mature into offspring.

Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum
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Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum

Investors keen on quantum computing can expect the Honeywell-Cambridge Quantum merger to produce a new publicly traded company within a year.

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks
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White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks

The eight Chinese entities were added to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List specifically for risks related to quantum computing technology.

Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development
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Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development

Baidu has licensed its algorithm for messenger RNA sequencing to Sanofi SA, the Chinese tech giant's first commercial deal with a global drugmaker.

Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones
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Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones

Researchers at Check Point Research have identified security flaws in the audio digital signal processor used in MediaTek's system-on-chip products.

AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells
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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells

A team of researchers combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence to identify previously unknown components of human cells.

AI Helps Craft New Beers
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AI Helps Craft New Beers

Machine learning and neural networks can help manage the recipes for new beers, and predict how they will taste.

One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb
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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb

Spiderwebs inspired researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors.
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