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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike
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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.

Does Palantir See Too Much?
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Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor
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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid
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Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia's stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said...

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
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Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real
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Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real

Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.

The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone
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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

Washington DC-based nonprofit Upturn found law enforcement officials regularly break into encrypted smartphones, and police in all U.S. states have phone-hacking...

Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.
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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

The Future of Hotel Design
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The Future of Hotel Design

Mobile guest rooms, enhanced contactless room controls, robotic servers, and pop-up dining areas are a few of the ideas hotel designers are considering for the...

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

The Justice Department filed its long-awaited lawsuit against Google.

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’
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Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

It had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article about the Bidens, but said late Thursday that it would allow similar content to be shared.

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same
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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work...

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers
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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

The Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. tech companies have long valued.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...
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