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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

 Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection
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Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection

After the 2011 earthquake, local governments have partnered with companies and researchers to improve residents' lives

How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million
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How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million

Art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile, who bought a 10-second video clip for $67,000 even though it was freely available to watch, recently sold it for $6.6 million...

Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste
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Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste

Japanese firms are accelerating the use of advanced technology to combat food waste and reduce costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers
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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers

Researchers discovered that code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has been used to support Chinese hacking operations.

Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds
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Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

An analysis by PiiQ Media found that bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other meme stocks.

Singapore Faces Talent Crunch as Tech Giants Scale Up
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Singapore Faces Talent Crunch as Tech Giants Scale Up

Singapore's ambition to be a regional technology hub faces a talent crunch.

The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data
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The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data

Complaints against ride-hailing company Uber bring the issue of gig workers' data rights into sharp relief.

Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig
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Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig

Boston Dynamics is programming its "Spot" dog robot to read gauges, look for corrosion, construct maps, and detect methane leaks.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus
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Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus

Humidity can have a major impact on the dispersion of virus particles, according to a study by researchers at Kobe University in Japan and research giant Riken....

Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station
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Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station

Robots have been deployed at the St. Pancras International train station in London to kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet (UV) light.

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks
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EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

The European Union has announced sanctions against the Russian military intelligence service, and North Korean and Chinese companies, for alleged cyberattacks. ...

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing
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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier
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Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier

A student at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham has been unmasked as fictional by state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs from Israel-based startup Cyabra....

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.
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