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Foiling IoT Hackers
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Foiling IoT Hackers

Cybersecurity specialists are working to head off hackers trying to use the Internet of Things as their gateway into smart homes.

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System
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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security...

SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid
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Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Washington State University researchers have evaluated the threat presented by Internet-linked devices connected to the U.S. electric power grid.

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads
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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico...

Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth
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Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Global economy expert Indermit Gill predicts the global leader in artificial intelligence in 2030 will go on to rule the planet for the balance of this century....

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
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Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption
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AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing
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New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

Danielle Citron, a privacy scholar who has done pioneering work in combating hate crimes and other abuses in cyberspace, has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow....

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs
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Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a new program that would help train workers for careers in computer science and other high-tech jobs.

Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight
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Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

Some of Google's biggest rivals filed amicus briefs on its behalf Monday in a copyright battle with Oracle.  

As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida...

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending
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Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Companies are dedicating increasing amounts of money to digital defenses in an effort to stop the spread of malware.

Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People
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Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People

Artificial intelligence startups are marketing images of computer-generated faces created without the use of actual people.
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