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Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco
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Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Technology job marketplace Hired said the push for remote work has caused technology salaries in New York City and San Francisco to fall.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return
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DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return

The decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Compound mistakenly sent users almost $90 million in cryptocurrency due to a bug in a recent update.

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules
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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, VA, has ruled that only an actual human can be listed as an inventor on patents under U.S. law.

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...

Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest
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Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest

The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones. What's taking so long?

Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap
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Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to use artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a patient's race as a means of improving health...

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

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.
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