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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare
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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots
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Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

Six major robot manufacturers — Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree — have signed a letter promising not...

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect
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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect

The Texas law enables users of leading social media platforms to sue the platforms if they think they have been censored because of their political views.

Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release
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Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release

The U.S. Department of Justice found persistent flaws in an algorithm used to qualify low-risk federal prisoners for early release.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ramp up semiconductor production and development of advanced technology amid intensifying global competition, especially from...

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
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Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

When Computers Collude
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When Computers Collude

If you shop online, there's a good chance the price you pay for stuff is determined by a computer algorithm.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

China Expands Research Funding, Luring ­.S. Scientists And Students
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China Expands Research Funding, Luring ­.S. Scientists And Students

In 2003, Jay Siegel was up for a new challenge. Siegel was a tenured professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, but he took a job at the...

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 
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Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

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...

Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too
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Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

The European Union is preparing to implement sweeping privacy rules next month, but these new protections of individuals' information may set a new standard around...

A Needle in a Legal Haystack Could Sink a Major Supreme Court Privacy Case
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A Needle in a Legal Haystack Could Sink a Major Supreme Court Privacy Case

It looks like one of the marquee cases before the U.S. Supreme Court is about to go bust—sabotaged by a needle in a legislative haystack.

Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without a Warrant?
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Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without a Warrant?

The U.S. Supreme Court confronts the digital age again on Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in a case that promises to have major repercussions for law enforcement...
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