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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting...

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
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The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies

The Trump administration's standoff with Chinese tech giant Huawei is entering a new phase, one that could put existing intelligence-sharing agreements with U.S...

Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama
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Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama

Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects
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Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic...

Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups
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Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups

The potential end to a controversial National Security Agency phone records collection program is energizing privacy groups and lawmakers who have long called for...

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World
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How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect...

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans
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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data...

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'
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Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of...

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with...

Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws
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Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

At the endless booths of this week's RSA security trade show in San Francisco, an overflowing industry of vendors will offer any visitor an ad nauseam array of...

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
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Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.
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