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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch
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The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles...

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips
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Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that...

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race
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Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets
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China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features...

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities...

Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government
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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded...

Fbi Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'
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Fbi Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director...

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw
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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

Ukraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks
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Ukraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password.

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales
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New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

U.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

U.s. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'patent Trolls' 
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U.s. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'patent Trolls' 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch...

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...
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