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U.S., U.K. to Partner on Prize Challenges to Advance Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
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U.S., U.K. to Partner on Prize Challenges to Advance Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

The two nations anticipate launching the prize challenges in the spring of 2022, with initial results ready to be shared at the second Summit for Democracy.

How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like
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How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like

The technology, seen as a "gamechanger" for forensic science, raises privacy and racial profiling issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health
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Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

"Social determinants of health have really come to the forefront in terms of who has been most greatly impacted."

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.
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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

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.

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.

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed
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Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

A new U.K. government standard for transparency requires ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision...

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves
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Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.

U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy
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U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy

Experts said the decision by the regulator was a significant one.

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.
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