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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds
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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues...

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain
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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review
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Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review

The long-awaited executive order aims to ensure that the U.S. fosters the surging industry while mitigating its potential threats.

Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work
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Picasso's Descendants to Sell More Than 1,000 NFTs Linked to Never-Before-Seen Ceramic Work

Pablo Picasso's descendants plan to auction off more than 1,000 digital pieces representing a previously unseen ceramic work by the Spanish artist.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies
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The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies

New water cybersecurity standards are coming – but they're voluntary.

Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege
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Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege

Complaints allege the company has deployed 'dark patterns,' design tricks that can subtly influence users' decisions in ways that are advantageous for a business...

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us
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Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Meet Hume AI, a potentially more humane way to let the machines in.

Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference
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Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference

Sweden on Jan. 1 created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to fight the spread of disinformation campaigns.

The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm
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The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm

A year after the attack on the Capitol, data scientists say artificial intelligence can help forecast insurrection — with some big concerns.

Americans Widely Distrust Facebook, TikTok, Instagram with Their Data, Poll Finds
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Americans Widely Distrust Facebook, TikTok, Instagram with Their Data, Poll Finds

Pulled between not trusting some tech companies and still wanting to use their products, people look to government regulation, according to a Washington Post-Schar...

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?
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Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who survived breast cancer has devised a technique that seems to predict many breast cancer cases.

'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change
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'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change

Australia is building "Earth's Black Box," a reportedly indestructible steel structure containing a real-time archive of climate change news and research.

Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers
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Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers

More than a quarter of Amazon search results are paid ads, according to the complaint filed by a coalition of labor unions.

Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups
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Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups

Google and Microsoft are taking on hackers.

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks
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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.
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