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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted
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Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted

Law enforcement has objected in the past to encrypting iCloud accounts.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'
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Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'

Musk wants to grow the platform, but he also wants it to be a free speech free-for-all.

Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches
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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Searchers, beware: That Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo ad might be 'malvertising'—phishing campaigns and malware hiding behind legit-looking links.

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life
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The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life

AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google's own thinks there's a ghost in the machine.

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them
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Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them

Apple and Google just look the other way. Here's how we stop it.

Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'
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Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'

The Biden administration gets darker in its assessment of the nation's cyberthreat.

The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review
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Biden Orders Sweeping Cryptocurrency Review

The long-awaited executive order aims to ensure that the U.S. fosters the surging industry while mitigating its potential threats.
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