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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms
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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms

Washington seeks to steer the semiconductor supply chain using 'guardrails' under the Chips Act.

Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says
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Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says

Researchers in Google's Mandiant division have found state-sponsored hackers in China have been evading common cybersecurity tools and spying on government and...

AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics
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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

Grzegorz Rutkowski has become one of the most popular artists to copy using image-generating artificial intelligence systems like OpenAI's Dall-E 2 and Stability...

Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas
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Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas

Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is investing in AI to help produce articles and suggest story ideas through partnerships with AI startups Jasper and Nota...

AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics
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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

Are ChatGPT, Stability AI, and GitHub Copilot the next big breakthroughs, huge legal and regulatory liabilities, or something else entirely?

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights
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Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

French luxury brand Hermès is suing digital artist Mason Rothchild in a New York court to prevent him from selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of its Birkin handbags...

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
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Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal
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Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal

Federal Trade Commission seeks to prevent social-media company from acquiring Within Unlimited.

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
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OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 38 member-states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal...

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
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Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...

Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech
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Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech

Proposed legislation in Canada that would require digital platforms to promote Canadian content over foreign-made content is facing pushback from leading tech firms...

Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads
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'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads

Deepfakes of celebrities have started to appear in ads, with and without their consent.

Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War
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Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War

"We have never previously observed such a volume of cyberattacks, variety of threat actors, and coordination of effort," the report says; some U.S. institutions...

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime
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Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.

U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers
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U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers

Sum is only a fraction of hundreds of millions siphoned in breach of 'Axie Infinity' online videogame this year.

NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals
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NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic warned criminals are increasingly targeting nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked
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LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked

On Aug. 25, online password manager LastPass reported the theft of some of its source code and proprietary information.
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