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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?
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What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What's keeping it from happening, and why are some...

'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat
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'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat

The Internet-connected world is completely dependent on the production of semiconductors. That's become a problem now that supplies are running short.

Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party
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Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party

With acceptance from traditional investors, a profitable start-up that eases transactions is offering proof of the industry's staying power.

Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?
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Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

Numerous apps and technology companies are emerging in the "femtech" industry to address women's biological needs.

Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. ...

'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing
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'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing

Nearly a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force took up a plan to replace words that could be considered racist, the debate is still raging.

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.
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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

Clearing hurdles to fast Internet for all.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft
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What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft

How can we believe that technology will help solve big problems if Uber's great promise didn't pan out?

Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks
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Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks

Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho developed many of the fundamental concepts that researchers use when they build new software.

Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.
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Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.

The advice from research on coffee, and nutrition more generally, always seems to be changing. Processing vast amounts of data could help us pin it down.

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week
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Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week

It plans to remove restrictions only once the virus acts "more like an endemic virus such as the seasonal flu," an executive wrote.

Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.
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Learning Apps Have Boomed in the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test.

Start-ups hope there's no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast
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Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Many restaurants expect digital ordering and drive-throughs to remain key business channels, and some are testing artificial intelligence to predict and suggest...
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