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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

U.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals
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U.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals

A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds
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Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology found enterprises with technologists on their boards have superior revenue growth, return on assets, and market capitalization...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces
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Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces

Within the next decade, new workspaces will emerge with multiple displays and larger, panoramic screens.

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US Allies

The Trump administration's standoff with Chinese tech giant Huawei is entering a new phase, one that could put existing intelligence-sharing agreements with U.S...

Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap
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Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap

Finance departments across the country think new technology will close efficiency gaps created by budget and staff cuts spurred by the next economic slowdown.

Collaborating with Robots
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Collaborating with Robots

The challenge of cobots in the workplace.

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits
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Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size Up Buying Habits

Chicago-based Cooler Screens has developed a facial-profiling system that tries to guess what consumers will buy next based on how they appear in front of a refrigerated...

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data
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AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

Poor-quality customer and business data may be keeping companies from leveraging digital tools to reduce costs, increase revenue, and stay competitive.

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job
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When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

Employers across a spectrum of industries are welcoming applicants with experience in making or playing videogames.

Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones
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Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that state-of-the-art object-detection systems are better at detecting people with lighter skin tones...

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash
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Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China...

Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs
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Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs

Apple is looking to fill more software jobs than hardware jobs for the first time in years.

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop
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Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop

Are people the answer to the robot reliability issue?

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations
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McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations

Researchers have developed a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of those who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always...
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