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EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance
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EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance

The European Commission has outlined a strategy for the European Union to assume a lead role in the metaverse sector and block its domination by technology giants...

AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes
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AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes

Artificial intelligence-powered social robots could help care for the sick and aged in the future.

Alphabet Bets on Lasers to Deliver Internet in Remote Areas
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Alphabet Bets on Lasers to Deliver Internet in Remote Areas

The Taara project uses lasers to bring Internet access to remote and rural locations.

Biden Administration Taps Google Chair for Chip Research Effort
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Biden Administration Taps Google Chair for Chip Research Effort

The White House chose Alphabet chairman John Hennessy and four other technology industry experts to spearhead research and development of next-generation computer...

ASML, Eindhoven Tech University to Build Research Facility
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ASML, Eindhoven Tech University to Build Research Facility

European technology company ASML Holding announced it will partner with Eindhoven Technical University (TU Eindhoven) in the Netherlands to establish a new research...

UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns
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UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns

The U.K. says Microsoft's remedies were not enough to end its concerns.

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...

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse
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South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse

South Korean girl quartet MAVE: exists exclusively in the metaverse.

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.

North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders
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North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders

The Association for Advanced Automation reports slightly more than 44,100 robots were ordered by North American companies, mainly in the U.S., last year, up 11%...

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.

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA
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Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA

Fashion designers in Hong Kong showcased ensembles co-created by the Artificial intelligence-based Interactive Design Assistant (AiDA) at the Fashion X AI show....

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans
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Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans

Siemens has been working with clothing companies on efforts to automate apparel manufacturing.

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.

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence
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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels...

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...

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...
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