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How origami shield could provide 'revolutionary' police protection

Scientists at BYU borrowed a pattern from the ancient paper-folding technique to make a lightweight shield that's a big improvement over current technology.

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Privacy concerns threaten sales of hi-tech doll

Regulators in Germany have already banned My Friend Cayla, and consumer-watchdog groups want the US Federal Trade Commission to follow suit.

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As traffic deaths rise, will public warm to driverless cars?

Last year was the deadliest year on US roads in nearly a decade. Automakers hope that statistic will pique drivers' interest in self-driving vehicles. But, at least so far, much of the public remains wary.

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The Zuckerberg Manifesto: Are we ready for a Facebook-led world?

Mark Zuckerberg's open letter promises a socially responsible Facebook of the future that's decentralized, personalized, and built on AI. 

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Why we need international students

Inviting foreign students to study in the United States doesn't just create jobs, it also brings in perspectives that can help the United States solve complex global challenges.

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Could AI-guided balloons bring the internet to developing countries?

With a multi-year 'moon shot,' Google's parent company Alphabet is betting that it can.

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'When I am bigger I would like a job with Google': CEO replies to 7-year-old girl's 'application'

Chloe Bridgewater might be too young to get a job as a computer programmer, but for many young women who want to be part of the tech industry, the future can be bright – with the right support.

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Startup pairs man with machine to crack the 'black box' of neural networks

New startup Gamalon has come out with a machine learning approach it claims is a hundred times more efficient than what Google has to offer. 

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No more watching videos at work: Facebook will now default to audio

The company says the changes will improve the mobile viewing experience.

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Mercedes: Electric Smart cars will replace gas-powered cars in US

Buyers in Europe – where the tiny Smart car is more popular – will still be able to buy the gas-powered model.

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Coming soon to Dubai: A flying passenger-carrying drone

The Dubai government says it hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state by July.

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Verizon gives its customers unlimited data plans

Verizon recently announced that for the first time in more than five years, it would begin offering unlimited data plans for its wireless customers.

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Apple's Tim Cook joins the fake news war

Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests that tech companies share the responsibility of fighting fake news, but will people trust them? 

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Can AI help Facebook stop discriminatory advertising?

Advertisers have grown accustomed to targeting ads to specific audiences. But the tech giant is hoping to crack down on the use of metadata to exclude minorities from offers of housing, employment, or credit.

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Facebook expands Safety Check to help users help one another

Facebook's new Community Help tool is designed to make it easy for users to offer both friends and strangers assistance in the wake of a disaster.

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Will a robot take your job? New London exhibit traces their evolution.

The exhibit at the Museum of Science looks at lifelike technology through the ages, from a 16th-century clockwork monk to the Terminator.

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Vizio to pay millions in FTC settlement for spying on customers

TV manufacturer Vizio and a subsidiary will pay $2.2 million to settle claims that the two companies secretly tracked consumers' viewing habits and sold the information to marketing companies, according to New Jersey officials.

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Apple's new 'spaceship' campus a fitting tribute to Steve Jobs's obsessions

The construction of Apple's sprawling new headquarters is far behind schedule, thanks in part to Apple's characteristic obsession with minimalism and attention to detail.

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Twitter takes further steps to crack down on hate speech

The company announced Tuesday that it has begun taking new measures to crack down on abusive speech, including preventing people who have been banned from creating new accounts and removing certain tweets from search results.

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Tech firms take stand against travel ban, risking backlash (+video)

About 58 percent of the engineers and other high-skill employees in Silicon Valley were born outside the U.S., according to an industry trade group.

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