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Google Sprints Ahead in AI Building Blocks, Leaving Rivals Wary
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Google Sprints Ahead in AI Building Blocks, Leaving Rivals Wary

There's a high-stakes race under way in Silicon Valley to develop software that makes it easy to weave artificial intelligence technology into almost everything...

Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win
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Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

Microsoft pulled the strings. At least, that’s what Google and so many business and tech journalists said when the search giant first faced antitrust complaints...

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas
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How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas

As the country reels from the spasm of gun violence that killed two black men and five police officers this week, a prominent digital vigilante is using an online...

Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe
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Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe

Neural networks are changing the Internet.

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

Trump's Secret Data Reversal
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Trump's Secret Data Reversal

Donald Trump has dismissed political data operations as "overrated," but his campaign is now bolstering its online fundraising and digital outreach by turning to...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'big Brother' Surveillance Bill
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Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'big Brother' Surveillance Bill

Edward Snowden has been in exile in Russia since 2013, when he leaked classified documents about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.

The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu
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The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu

Google has said there was a dramatic spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK''s decision to leave the EU broke.

Accelerating Search
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Accelerating Search

The latest in machine learning helps high-energy physicists handle the enormous amounts of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider.

Legal Advice on the Smartphone
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Legal Advice on the Smartphone

New apps help individuals contest traffic, parking tickets.

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook
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When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

Facebook is well known for its early and increasing use of artificial intelligence.

Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database
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Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. 

Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks
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Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

After Orlando and San Bernardino and Paris, there is new urgency to understand the signs that can precede acts of terrorism.

Why the World Hates Silicon Valley
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Why the World Hates Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the new Rome. As in the time of Caesar, the world is grappling with an advanced city-state dominating much of the planet, injecting its technology...

Google's AI Software Is Moving Into Your Iphone
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Google's AI Software Is Moving Into Your Iphone

Google's artificial intelligence software, smart enough to help vanquish the world's top Go player and answer your email, is coming to your iPhone.

Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules
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Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules

Europe likes to think it leads the world in protecting people’s privacy, and that is particularly true for the region’s so-called right to be forgotten.

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry
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How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry

Unit 8200 is Israel's most mysterious agency. No one outside knows exactly how it operates, who works there, or how they learn.
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