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Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data
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Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data

The U.S. Census Bureau is revamping its systems to prevent the use of published data to target individual respondents through the information they disclose.

European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants
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European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants

Germany and France are launching a government-backed project to develop European cloud infrastructure, to help local providers compete with U.S. technology companies...

U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia
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U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

Justice Department says the two former employees accessed information about people who made posts critical of the Saudi royal family.

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI
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Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to handle a steadily increasing number of patent applications, including an...

'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation
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'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retailers and logistics operators are investing in collaborative robots (cobots) to accelerate warehouse operations in the holiday season.

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs
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Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil and gas companies are investing in artificial intelligence to help automate operations, anticipate equipment malfunctions, boost fossil fuel production, and...

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores
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Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

An area of San Francisco is emerging as a battleground to eliminate the traditional checkout process and reinvent the way consumers shop. 

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store
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Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Toy company Mattel and retailer Walmart are "leasing floors" in a virtual store.

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You
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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on...

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.

Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face
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Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face

Travel companies are using sophisticated technology to help understand what people like.

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good
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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.

U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity
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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U...

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds
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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010...

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars
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Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Amazon Web Services developed the DeepRacer League, a competition designed to teach a branch of artificial intelligence known as reinforcement learning.

Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol
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Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Congressional antitrust investigators are vetting Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol out of worry it could limit competitors' access to consumer data...
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