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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?
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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says
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Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try
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Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington
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Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington

The boom in companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts is disrupting the banking industry and leaving regulators scrambling to catch...

Japan Needs a Lot More Tech Workers. Can It Find a Place for Women?
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Japan Needs a Lot More Tech Workers. Can It Find a Place for Women?

As Japan faces a severe shortage of technology workers and engineering students, efforts are being made to encourage women to enter these fields.

He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees
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He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees

Afghan refugee Saidullah Karimi built a robot from pieces of trash to symbolize what refugees can accomplish and contribute to their new societies.

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.
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The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages from computer chips to construction materials were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in...

Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?
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Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.

The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing
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The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing

The founder of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, needs investors for the company's U.S. unit after a recent venture capital deal fell through — a setback that cost him a...

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?
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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney's parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won't cut it...

Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms
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Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

Some Members of Afghanistan’s All-Girls Robotics Team Flee
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Some Members of Afghanistan’s All-Girls Robotics Team Flee

The team won hearts worldwide in 2017 when six members were denied visas to travel to the U.S. for a robotics competition, only to be allowed in after public outcry...

Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling
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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

The Cuban government Tuesday published a new cyberterrorism law that makes it illegal to use telecommunications to post "offensive" material.

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says
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Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says

The preliminary finding will now be reviewed by the full U.S. International Trade Commission.

As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.
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