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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.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam
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They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam

More sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools are being used to replicate a person's voice.

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted
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Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted

Law enforcement has objected in the past to encrypting iCloud accounts.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'
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Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'

Musk wants to grow the platform, but he also wants it to be a free speech free-for-all.

Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches
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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Searchers, beware: That Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo ad might be 'malvertising'—phishing campaigns and malware hiding behind legit-looking links.

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'
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