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A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers, Again
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A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers, Again

Previous advances in A.I. inspired predictions that the law was the lucrative profession most likely to suffer job losses. It didn't happen. Is this time different...

In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution
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In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution

Technology companies were once leery of what some artificial intelligence could do. Now the priority is winning control of the industry's next big thing.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

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...

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.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real
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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real

Computer-generated avatars created by artificial intelligence software are being used by pro-China bot accounts as part of state-aligned disinformation campaigns...

Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives
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Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives

The Oversight Committee called the session to scrutinize whether the social media platform has censored the right, but it yielded new revelations about the company's...

Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots
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Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots

Researchers used ChatGPT to produce clean, convincing text that repeated conspiracy theories and misleading narratives.

Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
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Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom

It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can't afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits
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U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits

Amid a tech cold war with China, U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020. But the investments are not a...

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
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How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.
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