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Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries
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Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries

Researchers have developed a mobile robot system that tree nurseries could deploy to remove weeds without the use of herbicides.

AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.
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AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.

An outage of Amazon Web Services Tuesday angered millions of U.S. users

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.

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules
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A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York's faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

Wave Goodbye to Window Washers
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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Robots are taking their jobs.

Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores
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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.

How TikTok Reads Your Mind
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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups
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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

The head of Cyber Command said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected
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New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

Information technology scientists detected 14 new types of Web browser-targeting cross-site leaks.

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm
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F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm

The proposed deal would give Nvidia control over computing technology and designs on which rival firms rely.

Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot
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Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Surveillance robot could help reduce disease spread and also aid contact tracing.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.

Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'
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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans
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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.
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