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Xerox to Announce Multiyear Cloud Deal With Oracle
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Xerox to Announce Multiyear Cloud Deal With Oracle

Xerox will use Oracle's cloud-computing infrastructure and software as a digital backbone for a swathe of ventures being developed in its business incubator.

World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.

Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
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Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug

Companies and governments scrambled this past weekend to patch a major bug in a piece of popular Internet software that security experts warned could grant hackers...

How to Understand the Data Explosion
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How to Understand the Data Explosion

The world is set to generate an astronomical amount of digital information. To get a handle on it, start with a grain of rice.

Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case
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Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case

Fine comes amid a similar investigation being carried out by EU authorities.

Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions
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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments...

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to replace Dorsey atop social-media company effective immediately.

What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet
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What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet

Real estate firm Zillow Group had looked to its digital home-flipping business Zillow Offers to lead its growth in the future, but that will not happen.

Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business
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Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business

Detroit's two biggest car companies are looking to align with computer chip makers to develop and potentially manufacture chips.

Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.

The Chip That Changed the World
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The Chip That Changed the World

Most of the wealth created since 1971 is a result of Intel's 4004 microprocessor.

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...

Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices
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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
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State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity...

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...
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