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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law
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Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law

Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to...

Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers
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Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers

Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to...

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy
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Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy


Blockchain Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM
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Blockchain Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM

Blockchain is getting bigger at Big Blue.

How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
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How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship...

Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day
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Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, "Intel Inside" stickers displayed on their foam torsos...

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News
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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception...

This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World
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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay
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Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company's size has made it too attractive as a target for government...

'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street
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'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street

A major breakthrough in cryptography may have solved one of the biggest obstacles to using blockchain technology on Wall Street: keeping transaction data private...

Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'unruly' Gridlock
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Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'unruly' Gridlock

India's Gridlock Hackathon aims to find solutions to the congested roads that cost the economy billions of dollars.

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture
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Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power
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Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.

Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel
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Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel

When Paulina Sliwinska, a fund manager at Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford & Co., made the trip to Silicon Valley looking for the next big thing in technology, she...

China Adopts Cybersecurity Law Despite Foreign Opposition
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China Adopts Cybersecurity Law Despite Foreign Opposition

China has green-lit a sweeping and controversial law that may grant Beijing unprecedented access to foreign companies' technology and hamstring their operations...

Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous
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Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous

There are half a billion tweets a day. For the company, they’re sellable data. For despots, they’re a great way to hunt dissidents.
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