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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk
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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial...

EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations
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EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations

Luxembourg's CNPD data protection authority fined Amazon a record $888 million for breaching the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation
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Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation

Company says the gender gap in technical roles is especially challenging.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'
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Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.

Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial
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Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

The Bank of Israel is testing Ethereum's blockchain technology as part of a new internal digital shekel trial.

Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time
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Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time

The Indian government's Svamitva project involves the use of drone technology to survey the inhabited areas of rural villages.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
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Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing
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Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing

The chipmaker helped create Silicon Valley—but cultural complacency and a missed mobile boom have left it far behind competitors.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
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Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps
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AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps

India's Ministry of Statistics is accelerating artificial intelligence usage for collecting, analyzing, and disclosing data to better monitor the economy.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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