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White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology
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White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology

Biden administration officials have warned Russia that it could face further restrictions on technology that is critical to its economy and military.

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
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IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The Internal Revenue Service has walked back a requirement for taxpayers to use facial recognition to access their online accounts.

The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?
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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, the...

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship
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Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship

Explorers have started combing the Weddell Sea for Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, which sank in 1915.

The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects
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The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow
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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.

I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification
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I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from ID.me.

Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All
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Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All

Helium, a wireless network powered by cryptocurrency, hints at the practical promise of decentralized services.

Tiny Chips, Big Headaches
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Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Concern is growing about larger, more intricate cloud computing networks' fundamental dependence on less reliable and less predictable chips.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.

U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
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What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!

At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action...

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?
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Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown rich off big ideas developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.
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