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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits
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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and Pony.ai to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments
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Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments

Momentum and capital are building for startups developing chips that process data via light rather than wires.

AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.
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AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.

Startups and major technology companies alike are investing heavily in explainable artificial intelligence.

U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'
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Hackers Hit Authentication Firm Okta, Customers 'May Have Been Impacted'

Authentication services provider Okta reported a hacker breach that may have impacted some of its customers.

Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay
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Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay

Moscow court says Meta engaged in "extremist activity."

Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art
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Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art

The first in-person non-fungible token vending machine has been installed in New York City by digital art collecting platform Neon.

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality
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African Software Developers Use AI to Fight Inequality

Developers like South African computer scientist Raesetje Sefala hope to combat inequality across Africa by harnessing artificial intelligence AI.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.
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Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.

Smart guns are beginning to become available to U.S. consumers.

U.S. National Security Adviser Asks Software Companies to Discuss Cybersecurity
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U.S. National Security Adviser Asks Software Companies to Discuss Cybersecurity

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has asked major software companies and developers to discuss ways to improve digital security, as hacks against...

Nike Buys Virtual Sneaker Maker RTFKT in Metaverse Push
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Nike Buys Virtual Sneaker Maker RTFKT in Metaverse Push

Nike has acquired RTFKT, a virtual sneaker company, as part of an effort to expand in the "metaverse," where users can purchase clothing, virtual land, and other...

Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases
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South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases

South Korea in January plans launch a pilot project to track the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 and anyone with whom they had close contact

Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development
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Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development

Baidu has licensed its algorithm for messenger RNA sequencing to Sanofi SA, the Chinese tech giant's first commercial deal with a global drugmaker.

Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.

IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years
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IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years

IBM said new techniques for building the chip eventually will produce more qubits, when combined with advances in the quantum computer's refrigeration and control...
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