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How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories
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How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories

Internet routing data for a service provider in Kherson shows traffic beginning to flow through Russian networks in May before fully transitioning by early June...

Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up
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Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up

As it reckons with supply chain vulnerabilities, the country is spending billions to revitalize domestic production and seeking to form a coalition with "like-minded"...

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached
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Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached

Industrial policy is back in Washington, as a vast semiconductor and science bill gives the government new sway over a strategic industry.

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science
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A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

DeepMind has expanded its database of microscopic biological mechanisms, hoping to accelerate research into all living things.

Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston
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Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston

A Congressional probe found seven of the largest U.S. bitcoin mining companies could cumulatively use as much electricity as all the homes in Houston.

Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?
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Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?

People still working remotely are turning to virtual co-working spaces for accountability through a Zoom screen.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses
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Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.

Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea
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Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea

Why a country known for blazing broadband and innovative devices remains tethered to a browser that most of the world abandoned long ago.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots
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3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots

With the technology improving and costs falling, 3D printing could be poised to play a major role in manufacturing.

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

The Avatars Wear Prada
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The Avatars Wear Prada

And Balenciaga and Thom Browne. Meta opens a new fashion store for the metaverse. Should you shop?

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'
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Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'

The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition...

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

Logan Ury Says You're Dating All Wrong
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Logan Ury Says You're Dating All Wrong

This is Ms. Ury's job: to validate, as much as to volley back what she claims are research-backed strategies for hacking modern romance.
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