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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules
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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's...

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...

Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots
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Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots

Researchers found XCSSET malware has been exploiting a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability to bypass macOS security defenses and take screenshots without the...

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit
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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.

Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems
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Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

The release comes a week after the health system's information services were shut down by hackers.

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries
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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown
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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars
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More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars

A new machine learning system for driverless cars uses an end-to-end mapless driving framework that taps raw Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data for autonomous...

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game
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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.

ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards
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ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

ACM has named the recipients of four awards, chosen by peers for technical achievements that advance research and industry, and which create a basis for transformative...

GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules
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GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

However, the decision to operate such scheme did not itself breach the European convention on human rights, it says

Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'
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Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'

Government funding is needed to unlock private capital for chip invest, suggests U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.
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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The development of self-driving vehicles has become a goal that only the most well-heeled companies are currently pursuing.

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts
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Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts

Researchers say digital twin technology can play a significant role in predictive and precision medicine and in improving decision-making for aerospace systems....

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money
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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.

Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls
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Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls

A security researcher found 12 fragmentation vulnerabilities and aggregation attack exploits in Wi-Fi systems.

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?
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An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

Critics grapple with Biden's Cybersecurity Safety Review Board plan.

Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China
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Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China

Microsoft's Chinese branch has announced its latest omnichannel retail push to develop cloud-based software for store operators.
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