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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention
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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
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Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft
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A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft

The prevailing lesson of the Microsoft case, antitrust lawyers say, is that scrutiny from Washington can slow down a company, even when there are no grievous penalties...

Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'
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Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'

More than 2 million people in the Philippines perform "crowdwork," according to informal government estimates, as part of AI's vast underbelly.

ChatGPT Leans Liberal
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ChatGPT Leans Liberal

Research by scientists at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia suggests OpenAI's ChatGPT has a liberal slant.

California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars
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California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars

After a state regulatory board ruling, San Francisco will have 24/7 robotaxis on its streets.

Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI
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Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI

Zoom also said that "notwithstanding" the uses outlined in its rules, it "will not use audio, video or chat Customer Content" to train AI without consent

California Privacy Regulator's First Case: Probing Internet-Connected Cars
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California Privacy Regulator's First Case: Probing Internet-Connected Cars

Modern cars are computers filled with data, with few clear manufacturer policies on what happens to it

Cybersecurity Labels for Smart Devices are On Their Way
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Cybersecurity Labels for Smart Devices are On Their Way

White House unveils new cybersecurity labeling plan to tell you when your smart devices are secure.

 FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers
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FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers

The agency's demand for OpenAI's documents about AI risks mark the company's greatest U.S. regulatory threat to date.

Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead
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Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead

With the sector in the doldrums and facing tough new SEC scrutiny, some of Wall Street's heaviest hitters are moving to enfold it.

They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out
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They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out

Google contract workers employed by Appen alleged Wednesday that they were fired after raising concerns about AI and their working conditions.

Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power
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Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power

Brussels brought a new antitrust challenge against Google on the same day European lawmakers voted to approve the E.U. AI Act.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
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Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.

ChatGPT Maker OpenAI Calls for AI Regulation, Warning of 'Existential Risk'
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ChatGPT Maker OpenAI Calls for AI Regulation, Warning of 'Existential Risk'

The statement echoed the comments of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to Congress last week, where he testified to the need for a separate regulatory body.

E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations
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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

Industry representatives argue the ruling creates legal uncertainty for many companies who commonly transfer data across international waters.

At G-7 Summit, Leaders Call for International Standards on AI
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At G-7 Summit, Leaders Call for International Standards on AI

World leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Japan called for the development of international standards to limit the potential damage from rapid innovations in...

Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases
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Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases

The Court ruled the families of terrorism victims had not shown the companies "aided and abetted" attacks on their loved ones.

U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.
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U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.

Congress, too, is starting to take a closer look at how to get ahead of the potential cyberthreat of AI.
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