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Amazon Go Has a Real Rival in Japan
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Amazon Go Has a Real Rival in Japan

A company in Japan has developed an automated system that could rival Amazon Go in terms of quickly providing consumers with products.

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.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
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Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

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

How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary
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How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

A minute-long video of Barack Obama has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. It shows the former U.S. president seated, with the American flag in...

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown
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Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling.

One Woman's Math Could Help NASA Put People on Mars
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One Woman's Math Could Help NASA Put People on Mars

Kathleen Howell never aspired to walk on the moon. 

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto
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Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging...

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...

If You're A Facebook ­ser, You're Also a Research Subject
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If You're A Facebook ­ser, You're Also a Research Subject

The professor was incredulous.

Drone Swarms Are the New Fireworks Lighting Up China's Skies
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Drone Swarms Are the New Fireworks Lighting Up China's Skies

Since China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to reduce pollution, a new entertainment has emerged to fill the skies: drone swarms.

AI Made These Paintings
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AI Made These Paintings

In Bloomberg Businessweek's annual Sooner Than You Think issue, artificial intelligence is also driving cars, making money, exploring oceans … and freaking people...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G
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Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

The Trump administration's concern about China's growing technology clout is putting even more pressure on U.S. wireless carriers in their marketing battle over...

Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law
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Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data ­nder New E­ Privacy Law

Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to...

Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers
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Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as ­.S. Job Market Simmers

Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to...

China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life
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China's Internet ­nderground Fights for Its Life

For years, thousands of virtual private networks (VPNs) have allowed people in China to circumvent restrictions on internet access and visit Facebook, Google, YouTube...

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
From ACM News

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...
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