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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion
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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Even as the world continues to grapple with chip shortages, it's time to be on the lookout for a clearing of that backlog where insatiable hunger might quickly...

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.
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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom
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The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom

Rapid adoption of robots and artificial intelligence, combined with a rebound in government investment, is making some economists optimistic.

Bye-Bye, Miners! How Ethereum's Big Change Will Work
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Bye-Bye, Miners! How Ethereum's Big Change Will Work

The cryptocurrency is jettisoning the "miners" who track and validate transactions on the world's most-used blockchain network.

He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?
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He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?

Philip Agre, a computer scientist turned humanities professor, was prescient about many of the ways technology would impact the world.

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales
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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks
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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide...

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet
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Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

The Internet giant is throwing tracking cookies in the dustbin, prompting big questions about privacy, competition, and advertising.

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.
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