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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam Internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks...

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche
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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says
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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols...

What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding
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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

The U.S.-China trade war is fracturing the world's semiconductor manufacturing base, and that won't stop even if the tariffs do.

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
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Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign
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Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign

Microsoft says a hacker group connected to the Iranian government has tried to compromise email accounts of a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S...

France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program
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France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France is set to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to provide its citizens secure digital identities.

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call
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Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call

The Democratic National Committee warned its Rules and By-Laws Committee that virtual caucusing via teleconferencing may be untenable, as experts successfully hacked...

Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed
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Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed

A tiny federal statute in 1996 transformed the web into a wildly lucrative business, and became Big Tech's favorite liability shield. It's now under attack from...

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages
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WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found three potential ways to alter conversations in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.

Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections
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Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

A recent blog post from Microsoft indicates that nearly 10,000 state-sponsored attacks have been detected globally in the past year.

Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption
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Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said time may be running out for major technology companies to voluntarily provide law enforcement officials access to the encrypted...

New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers
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New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers

A new survey found Black and Hispanic workers are more concerned about how they will be impacted by new technology in the workplace than white or Asian workers....

China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big
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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the...

­nderwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data
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­nderwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data

Several projects now underway are using submersible drones to explore the ocean floor.

Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood
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Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood

The Yaba neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, is a growing technology hub hosting more than 60 startups, digital laboratories, and the Yaba College of Technology.
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