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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work
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Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work

Pablo Picasso's descendants plan to auction off more than 1,000 digital pieces representing a previously unseen ceramic work by the Spanish artist.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'
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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

That's Tesla's mess to deal with.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet
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Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet

Andorra Telecom experienced repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks during the SquidCraft Games tournament in Minecraft, a multi-day Twitch gaming tournament...

The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies
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The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies

New water cybersecurity standards are coming – but they're voluntary.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.

I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.
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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.

The price of Bitcoin has fallen more than 50% from its peak in November, which could prove costly for institutions that have bought into digital currencies.

Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More
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Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More

Apple awarded a $100,500 bug bounty to the researcher who discovered the latest major vulnerability in its browser.

Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release
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Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release

The U.S. Department of Justice found persistent flaws in an algorithm used to qualify low-risk federal prisoners for early release.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege
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Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege

Complaints allege the company has deployed 'dark patterns,' design tricks that can subtly influence users' decisions in ways that are advantageous for a business...

First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot
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First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot

The driver of a Tesla on Autopilot that ran a red light and killed two people in another car in 2019 faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter.  

Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets
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Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

There's been growth in cheap, easy-to-use malware available to hackers who want to steal cryptocurrency from users.

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity
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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about....

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports
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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.
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