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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

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.

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.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses
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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance...

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway
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AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

Ukrainian clothing brand FINCH teamed up with Ukrainian technology company FFFACE.ME to develop semi-digital clothing that can be upgraded with augmented reality...

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers
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India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers

India's government has directed all public- and private-sector employees to use a state-supported coronavirus contact tracing app.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job
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How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. ...

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...
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