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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China
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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers...

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
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How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law
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The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry...

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point
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China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point

In China's quest for the soul of the nation's digital technology, Ni Guangnan and Cheng Xu are two of the foot soldiers of a two-decade march to develop an indigenous...

­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules
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­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday...

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

Getting Hooked on Tech
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?
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A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

Google's artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman's hair appointment.

Senate Intel: Russia Waged '­nprecedented' Cyber Campaign on ­.S. Voting Systems
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Senate Intel: Russia Waged '­nprecedented' Cyber Campaign on ­.S. Voting Systems

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks on digital U.S. voting systems ahead...

Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption
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Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption

Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in a Monday speech that Congress may ultimately have to wade into the debate about federal law enforcement agencies unlocking encrypted...

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown
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What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown

China has its own great firewall. Turkey has been blocking swaths of the internet, including YouTube, for at least a decade.

Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension
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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...

Cracking the Crypto War
From ACM News

Cracking the Crypto War

On December 2, 2015, a man named Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on employees of the Department of Public Health in San Bernardino,...
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