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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities...

­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos
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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor...

Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants
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Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants

Clamshell grills are making burger flipping obsolete at McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets and other burger chains. Digital kiosks, tabletop tablets and mobile phones are...

Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight
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Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies...

­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone
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­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities...

Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption
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Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption

Apple Inc  and the FBI will return to Congress next week to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices...

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'
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Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation...

Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma
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Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma

Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions...

Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks
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Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks

A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms...

Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling
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Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling

U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal...

As Tech Firms Track Your Location, Advertisers Zero In For the Sale
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As Tech Firms Track Your Location, Advertisers Zero In For the Sale

Mapping technology advancements from Google Inc and Facebook Inc that provide more precise user location data than ever before are starting to dent advertisers'...

Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry
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Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry

The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue.

Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields
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Seven Strategies For Keeping Women in STEM Fields

The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in science, technology,...

China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms
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China Draft Counterterror Law Strikes Fear in Foreign Tech Firms

China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors", a potential...

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
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At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google
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China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said...
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