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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way
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Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

The Friendship That Made Google Huge
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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.

The Friendship That Made Google Huge
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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

One day in March of 2000, six of Google's best engineers gathered in a makeshift war room.

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler
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Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help...

UK Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens
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UK Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system...

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation
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Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections. ...

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall
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Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
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China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
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Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, a website called Right Wing News sprang...

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming...

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information
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Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers
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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.
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