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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War
From ACM News

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
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Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?
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Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?

In Chile, politicians resent the Comptroller General, which audits government officials to prevent corruption.

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

You've Got Mail!
From Communications of the ACM

You've Got Mail!

And that's not all. Email is not what it used to be.

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
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The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder
From ACM News

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban
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The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban

Seven weeks after Iran's conservative-led judiciary banned the secure communications app Telegram inside the country, Iranians are still reeling from the change...

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China
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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers...

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law
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The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry...

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point
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China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point

In China's quest for the soul of the nation's digital technology, Ni Guangnan and Cheng Xu are two of the foot soldiers of a two-decade march to develop an indigenous...

­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules
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­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday...

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

Getting Hooked on Tech
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...
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