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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware
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South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware

Investigators said the rogue employees would restore systems impacted by ransomware attacks, but leave a backdoor for another ransomware attack.

Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st
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Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st

Some 80% of businesses that pay to regain access to encrypted systems experience a subsequent ransomware attack.

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components
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The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market.

Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security
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Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security

Understanding the fundamentals of the White House Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity.

Here are 5 Ways the U.S. Government is Taking On Big Tech
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Here are 5 Ways the U.S. Government is Taking On Big Tech

Five proposed bills from U.S. lawmakers will take on Big Tech by making it harder for them to acquire new businesses and forcing them to even the playing field....

U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers
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U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers

A new study found that U.S.-born information technology  professionals make much more money than peers in other fields.

Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust
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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped
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You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in the U.S. and China who think others are being deceived by online misinformation on COVID-19 are more likely to back corporate and political countermeasures...

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ramp up semiconductor production and development of advanced technology amid intensifying global competition, especially from...

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility
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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility

The complaint alleges Google's "self-preferencing Results-page architecture" resulted in nearly two-thirds of Google searches in 2020 being completed without users...

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.
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