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The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward
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The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward

The implosion of the exchange FTX shows how an industry built in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has drifted far from its original ideals.

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.  

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers
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Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Researchers tested Facebook's automated moderation system by submitting ads around Election Day that contained direct threats against election workers.

Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores
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Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores

App store comment sections were overrun with users saying they were hit with hidden fees, high interest rates, and predatory repayment terms after they signed up...

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.
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How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

Bankman-Fried and his colleagues spent more than $530 million to battle what they saw as the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now those efforts are reeling. ...

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning
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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.

E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules
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E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules

Musk has signaled an interest in rolling back many of Twitter's previous rules meant to combat misinformation.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Cybercriminals Cashing In on FIFA World Cup-Themed Cyberattacks
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Cybercriminals Cashing In on FIFA World Cup-Themed Cyberattacks

"Companies that are FIFA sponsors should bolster their security mechanisms and stay up to date on threat actors' tactics and techniques," said a CloudSEK researcher...

Cyberlaw: Where We Are and What's On the Horizon
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Cyberlaw: Where We Are and What's On the Horizon

Legislating for cyberspace means establishing new legal frameworks and rethinking existing ones. The global picture is mixed.

How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s
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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s

Suffolk County officials had to return to the days of paper checks and faxes after an episode that exposed government weaknesses.

Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets
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Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

South Korea has launched its first autonomous urban patrol robot, which patrols the streets of Seoul monitoring in search of dangerous situations.

Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government
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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.

NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors
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NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors

The National Football League has expanded its partnership with top research universities to gather data from on-field head impacts to inform injury reduction programs...

FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat
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FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat

Christopher Wray voices concerns over a proposed deal to allow the continued operation of the Chinese-owned app in the U.S.

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.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.
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