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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years
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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years

More than a third of 1,000 surveyed women in the technology sector intend to quit in the next two years, driven by the pandemic and gender inequality.

Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People
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Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

The company will delete all of its face scan data, citing societal concerns and regulatory uncertainty.

Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy
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Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy

The social network wants to be known as a metaverse company.

The Tech Industry is a 'Boys Club,' New Report Says
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The Tech Industry is a 'Boys Club,' New Report Says

While women in tech have some optimism about the future of the industry, they're feeling the effects of being an underrepresented group.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...

Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information
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Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.

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.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM
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Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
From ACM News

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses
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Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses

Google is helping usher in a new way for companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm.

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?
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