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Britain Sounds Alarm on Spyware, Mercenary Hacking Market
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Britain Sounds Alarm on Spyware, Mercenary Hacking Market

Britain's National Cybersecurity Centre also warned about hackers-for-hire, mercenary spies whose activities it said "raise the likelihood of unpredictable targeting...

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

U.S., EU to Launch First-of-Its-Kind AI Agreement
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U.S., EU to Launch First-of-Its-Kind AI Agreement

An artificial intelligence agreement between the U.S. and EU aims to improve a variety of fields by speeding and enhancing use of the technology.

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers
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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said around 100 officers of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate would participate in the...

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch
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Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch

While startups have promised to develop truly driverless cars, industry executives and experts say remote human supervisors may need to be a permanent part of the...

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools
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Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools

Clearview AI said it is expanding sales of its facial recognition software to companies outside of law enforcement.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.
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AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.

Startups and major technology companies alike are investing heavily in explainable artificial intelligence.

U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay
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Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay

Moscow court says Meta engaged in "extremist activity."

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.
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