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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders
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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders

Internet companies are making it harder for those with big followings to spread misinformation. Finally!

Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates
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Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

Florida has become the first state to fine social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for banning political candidates from the platforms for more...

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules
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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's...

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown
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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.
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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The development of self-driving vehicles has become a goal that only the most well-heeled companies are currently pursuing.

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money
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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.

Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns
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Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns

The decline in the stock markets was a faint echo of the crash in the market for cryptocurrencies in recent days.

Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System
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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a "wake-up call."

Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden's order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates
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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates

The initiative, which will benefit Johns Hopkins and six other institutions, will be named in honor of Vivien Thomas, best known for his work treating "blue baby...

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.

NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash
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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

The New York Police Department has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics after several incidents prompted allegations of...

'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing
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'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry...

Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?
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Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander's nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask if an adviser can actually have an impact.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?
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