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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.
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Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.

While San Jose and San Francisco remain the top U.S. cities in terms of salaries for technology professionals in 2019, smaller metro areas are becoming mini tech...

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy
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Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy

The nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will spend $50 million to fund research at 11 universities on how social media and technology impacts democracy...

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.
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Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy
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Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

A computer in the press box communicated to the umpire whether each pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and the umpire relayed the calls to the field as usual...

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer
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How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer

Ancient papyrus scrolls too fragile to unwrap are being scanned with the hope of "digitally unwrapping" and reading them.

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside
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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World
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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation
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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?
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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity
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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.
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