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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data
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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies...

Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.
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Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.

While San Jose and San Francisco remain the top U.S. cities in terms of salaries for technology professionals in 2019, smaller metro areas are becoming mini tech...

Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections
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Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

A recent blog post from Microsoft indicates that nearly 10,000 state-sponsored attacks have been detected globally in the past year.

The Drive to Quantum Computing
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The Drive to Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Quantum Initiative will support the push towards a quantum computing infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms
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Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Increasing class size has the greatest negative impact on female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.

New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers
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New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers

A new survey found Black and Hispanic workers are more concerned about how they will be impacted by new technology in the workplace than white or Asian workers....

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy
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Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy

The nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will spend $50 million to fund research at 11 universities on how social media and technology impacts democracy...

Personal Firewalls
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Personal Firewalls

Researchers find a way to make many implanted medical devices virtually hack-proof.

Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises
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Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises

Purdue ­niversity researchers have developed an algorithm that analyzes tweets to better understand how users respond to crises.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
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A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app to commandeer a user's Webcam, a security researcher warns.

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again
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Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing
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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

C2Land is an automated landing system that uses GPS for flight control, but does not require any ground-based antennas.

Coding for Disaster
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Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...
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