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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.

Recognizing Kin
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Recognizing Kin

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks pre-trained on faces from the largest visual database of families to date, to identify people's relatives.

Twitter, Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They?
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Twitter, Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They?

Major Internet companies have come to see bitcoin technology as a potential solution to many challenges.

A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days
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A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days

Startup Plus.ai has completed the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck.

Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.
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Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.

"Killing in the Age of Algorithms" is a New York Times documentary examining the future of artificial intelligence and warfare.

Testing Tech Ideas in Public? San Francisco Says: Get a Permit
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Testing Tech Ideas in Public? San Francisco Says: Get a Permit

The city of San Francisco, CA, will require businesses to obtain a permit before testing their high-tech ideas on the city’s streets.

Handling Holiday Hackers
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Handling Holiday Hackers

How to defend intimate details and card data while shopping online this season.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path
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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia
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Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia

Australia's state of New South Wales has started using high-definition detection cameras to identify drivers illegally using cellphones while driving.

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies
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China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies

China has issued rules banning online video and audio providers from generating, distributing, and broadcasting fake news as it cracks down on deepfake technologies...
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