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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report
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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report

REvil was hacked and forced offline this week in a multiple-country effort, according to Reuters.

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data
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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.

Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage
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Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage

The social network's services, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, were offline for about six hours on Monday.

U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks
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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

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.

Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup
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Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

Quic has been in public development for nearly eight years.

Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says
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Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says

Consumer Reports (CR) says in-cabin cameras that electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla incorporates into driver-assist systems can threaten driver privacy.

William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta
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NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has requested tougher rules for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving car development.

FCC Approves $50-a-month Emergency Broadband Subsidies
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FCC Approves $50-a-month Emergency Broadband Subsidies

The agency has approved rules to get the $3.2-billion COVID-19 relief fund up and running for people hit by the pandemic.

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly
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Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly

The search giant is now facing three major antitrust lawsuits.

Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds
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Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds

A study found that half of young women who enter the tech workforce exit it by age 35.

Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws
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Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws

The Voatz electronic-voting company argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that security researchers should only seek flaws in e-voting systems with...

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

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