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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...

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers
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Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users...

Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big ­.S. Export
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Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big ­.S. Export

The Trump administration's proposed crackdown on China's trade practices could hit one sector where the U.S. runs a big trade surplus: higher education.

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science
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Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

U.S. colleges and universities are aggressively courting more women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access
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Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access

Volunteers are working to archive public databases hosted by U.S. government agencies because they are worried access to the data could be cut off by the Trump...

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, Dvrs For Massive Internet Attacks
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Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, Dvrs For Massive Internet Attacks

Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the...

In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves
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In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market
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Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., a firm at the center of Wall Street’s trading infrastructure, is about to give the technology behind bitcoin a big test: seeing...

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...
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