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Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
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Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers
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Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers

Privacy and child-advocacy organizations have filed a complaint alleging Amazon has been illegally recording and retaining conversations of children using its Echo...

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook
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You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook

Facebook collects sensitive data from at least 11 popular smartphone apps seconds after users enter it.

A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters
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A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

Although technology companies are trying to recruit women and minorities, most computer and software professionals writing artificial intelligence programs remain...

The Internet, Divided Between ­.S. and China, Has Become Battleground
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The Internet, Divided Between ­.S. and China, Has Become Battleground

The global Internet is splitting in two between China and most of the rest of the world.

Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector
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Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple has penalized Google and Facebook for violating its developer policies controlling personal data by suspending internal apps used by both companies.

Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers
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Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Google's Threat Analysis Group is an in-house counterespionage unit committed to keeping sensitive online information safe from hackers and spies.

Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype
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Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype

After years of hype, autonomous vehicle developers are taking a more cautious approach in the wake of a number of crashes.

FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People
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FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has released preliminary rules to allow small drones to fly routinely over crowds of people at night.

AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn
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AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn

Prestige Financial Services is among a growing number of lenders using artificial intelligence to digest increasing volumes of data to determine creditworthiness...

OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?
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OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?

Computer algorithm-based valuations could replace appraisers.

Voting Machine ­sed in Half of ­.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds
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Voting Machine ­sed in Half of ­.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds

Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack.

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
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Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...
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