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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study
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Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study

Researchers found reducing time on social media could improve teens' self-esteem and body image.

As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology
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As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology

Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington's ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms
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New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms

The policy document urges more mandates on the firms that control most of the nation's digital infrastructure, and an expanded government role to disrupt hackers...

White House Pushes for Mandatory Regulations, More Offensive Cyber Action under National Cyber Strategy
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White House Pushes for Mandatory Regulations, More Offensive Cyber Action under National Cyber Strategy

The plan touts many of the cybersecurity regulations already handed down for oil and natural gas pipelines, aviation, rail, and water systems, but it notes that...

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products
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CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products

The strategy is expected to target the common vulnerabilities found in tech vendors' products.

Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software
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Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software

The Full Self-Driving Beta system is subject to a recall in the U.S. involving 363,000 vehicles.

Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots
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Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots

Hackers leverage IoT, IIoT vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to cobots.

Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government
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Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government

In return for vast subsidies, the Biden administration is asking the chip industry to make promises about its workers and finances.

How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly
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How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly

Companies including OpenAI and TikTok have signed up to a new set of guidelines designed to help them be more transparent around generative AI.

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack
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NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack

The NSA's 'Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network' guide provides remote workers with advice on how to protect against online threats.

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.
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