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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone
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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing...

Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption
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Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the bureau's efforts to unlock encrypted devices after a critical watchdog report. ...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

Stanford Researchers Find That Friends of Friends Reveal Hidden Online Traits
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Stanford Researchers Find That Friends of Friends Reveal Hidden Online Traits

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated more ways than previously established to infer demographic traits that people might be trying to hide online...

Most Links to Popular Sites on Twitter Come From Bots
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Most Links to Popular Sites on Twitter Come From Bots

Sixty-six percent of links to popular sites shared on Twitter stem from automated accounts, including legitimate accounts from organizations that schedule tweets...

A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All
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A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All

Next month, a comprehensive new data protection law goes into effect in the European Union, placing greater requirements on how companies like Facebook and Google...

Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court
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Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court

Ross Compton had no idea his pacemaker would finger him for arson.

Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G
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Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

The Trump administration's concern about China's growing technology clout is putting even more pressure on U.S. wireless carriers in their marketing battle over...

The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 
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The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 

The practices of Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm involved in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, have made headlines around the world...

A Needle in a Legal Haystack Could Sink a Major Supreme Court Privacy Case
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A Needle in a Legal Haystack Could Sink a Major Supreme Court Privacy Case

It looks like one of the marquee cases before the U.S. Supreme Court is about to go bust—sabotaged by a needle in a legislative haystack.

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data
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What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its...

Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones
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Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to ­nlock Phones

Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow access...

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers
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Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users...

Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More
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Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have little incentive...

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps
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The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

What is the price of anarchy?

The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race
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The New ­.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race

As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly...

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.
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It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem...

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life
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China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life

For years, thousands of virtual private networks (VPNs) have allowed people in China to circumvent restrictions on internet access and visit Facebook, Google, YouTube...

Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data
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Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data

The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Tuesday as it struggled to interpret whether a three-decade-old federal law gives the U.S. government the right to access...
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