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Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics
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Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics

Automating some warehouse functions could let the giant do more with its existing workforce—or the retailer may not require all the humans it employs today.

China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests
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China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass...

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.

'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads
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'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads

Deepfakes of celebrities have started to appear in ads, with and without their consent.

Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders
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Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders

Cybersecurity specialists are working multiple cases simultaneously and dealing with the resulting stress.

Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists
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Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists

U.S. pharmacy chain Walgreens is deploying robots to fill prescriptions for drugstores amid a nationwide shortage of pharmacists and pharmacist technicians.

Micron to Spend Up to $100 Billion on Chip Factory in New York State
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Micron to Spend Up to $100 Billion on Chip Factory in New York State

Semiconductor plant would be largest in the U.S., as Washington tries to boost the industry.

Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War
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Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War

"We have never previously observed such a volume of cyberattacks, variety of threat actors, and coordination of effort," the report says; some U.S. institutions...

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime
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Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.

U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers
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U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers

Sum is only a fraction of hundreds of millions siphoned in breach of 'Axie Infinity' online videogame this year.

NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals
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NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic warned criminals are increasingly targeting nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked
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LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked

On Aug. 25, online password manager LastPass reported the theft of some of its source code and proprietary information.

Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime
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Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime

Researchers have identified information-sharing initiatives worldwide that aim to better detect fraud and money laundering.

Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill
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Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill

Political wrangling slows progress on what began as bipartisan effort to restore America's semiconductor production prowess.

What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do
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What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do

Artificial intelligence programs that learn to write and speak can sound almost human—but they can't think creatively like a small child can.

Miners Are Relying More on Robots. Now They Need Workers to Operate Them.
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Miners Are Relying More on Robots. Now They Need Workers to Operate Them.

At Rio Tinto's Gudai-Darri mine in western Australia, iron ore is hauled by almost two dozen driverless carts, with autonomous water carts used to control dust....

Memory-Chip Prices Fall From Pandemic Highs
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Memory-Chip Prices Fall From Pandemic Highs

Prices have come down to levels that suggest the demand boom is likely over.

Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants
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Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants

Retailer Walmart said it has deployed a system for transitioning between cloud providers and its own servers, demonstrating a means of becoming less reliant on...
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