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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.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

White House Proposes Guidelines for Regulating Use of AI
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White House Proposes Guidelines for Regulating Use of AI

The Trump administration is proposing new federal rules for regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the private sector.

Demanding the Truth
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Demanding the Truth

The role of social media in stopping fake news.

Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers
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Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that could help social media networks and news organizations screen out fake news.

Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study
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Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study

A study found most commercial facial recognition algorithms are biased, and falsely identify African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more frequently than...

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.
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