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Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change
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Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change

A Belgian man reportedly took his own life after conversing with an artificial intelligence chatbot on the Chai app about his climate anxiety.

Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

Good weird! Skip the small talk in a driverless EV and enjoy the audio cues that will guide you through a ride and keep you safe.

Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?
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Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?

Seeking a better deal for bitcoin and its ilk in Web3 and the Metaverse.

Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns
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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

Move prompted by a recent data breach that exposed the personal information of ChatGPT users.

Biden Says Tech Companies Must Ensure AI Products are Safe
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Biden Says Tech Companies Must Ensure AI Products are Safe

Biden "is setting the stage for a national dialogue on the topic by elevating attention to AI, which is desperately needed," said Russell Wald at the Stanford Institute...

The Case for Banning Crypto
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The Case for Banning Crypto

For Finance, the blockchain's risks far outweigh its rewards.

One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts
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One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts

"I've never seen anything like this."

How Russia Killed its  Tech Industry
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How Russia Killed its Tech Industry

The invasion of Ukraine supercharged the decline of the country's already struggling tech sector—and undercut its biggest success story, Yandex.

U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?
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U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?

Limited access to high-end semiconductor chips poses a major threat to China's world-leading smartphone manufacturing industry.

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice
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Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice

Participants of the Pwn2Own software exploitation conference hacked technology from automaker Tesla twice at the Zero Day Initiative's Pwn2Own software exploitation...

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

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.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices
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Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices

Researchers developed the Near-Ultrasound Inaudible Trojan to show how hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of smart device microphones and voice assistants...
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