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Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility
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Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility

Facebook said it has corrected a technical error that caused a nearly 24-hour-long service interruption for Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and other Facebook properties...

Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent
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Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent

Legal experts warn people's online photos are being used without permission to power facial-recognition technology that could eventually be used for surveillance...

Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights
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Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights

Yale University researchers have designed an observational drone that can perch like a bird to save energy.

Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces
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Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces

Within the next decade, new workspaces will emerge with multiple displays and larger, panoramic screens.

Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber
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Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber

Researchers have developed transmitting and receiving equipment that could squeeze 26.2 terabits per second through the MAREA cable.

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US 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...

Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks
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Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks

Researchers have demonstrated a solution for securing future critical communications infrastructure, including emerging 5G networks.

University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat
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University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat

A voice-controlled robot can feed pieces of fruit to humans on command.

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber
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DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

Researchers have analyzed how different recommendation algorithms can accelerate or decelerate filter bubbles and echo chambers online.

Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap
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Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap

Finance departments across the country think new technology will close efficiency gaps created by budget and staff cuts spurred by the next economic slowdown.

Collaborating with Robots
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Collaborating with Robots

The challenge of cobots in the workplace.

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security
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Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Researchers have found that developers tend to write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner, because that is easier than creating a more secure product...

China Is Catching Up to the US in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching Up to the US 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...

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits
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Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits

Chicago-based Cooler Screens has developed a facial-profiling system that tries to guess what consumers will buy next based on how they appear in front of a refrigerated...

Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship
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Cybersecurity System Offers Protection Against Hacking, Censorship

Researchers have developed a  cybersecurity system that sets a new standard in the fight to protect users from malicious online attacks.

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

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System
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Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System

An international research team warned of a critical backdoor flaw in Switzerland's new Internet voting system.

Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live
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Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live

Venture-backed startups have been dispatching cooler-sized robots in cities around the U.S. to deliver food and groceries to customers' doorsteps.
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