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How digital media fuels moral outrage – and what to do about it

If we don't want a handful of technology companies determining how the rest of us express morality in the public sphere, the economic model underpinning social media may have to change, researchers caution.

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Google gets closer to launching its own line of smart devices

Google acquires the HTC engineering team it needs to expand its offerings to consumers and more directly compete with Amazon and Apple.

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Empathy games tread thin line between 'edutainment' and virtual voyeurism

In an era marked by ubiquitous technology, the idea of teaching empathy through video games holds a certain appeal. But can gaming really improve understanding?

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European leaders ask social media companies to censor extremist speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to push social media companies to join the fight against extremist speech. Following a series of terror attacks, Ms. May is proposing rapid removal of extremist content to reduce the spread of the information. 

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A new era of accountability: Facebook gets pulled into Russia investigation

Politicians and experts raise concerns over the social media giant's lack of accountability. The nature of the site has made it increasingly difficult to regulate and track ads, and many see this investigation as a turning point for Facebook's unprecedented power and influence. 

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Tech that opens eyes: How apps help connect the blind and seeing worlds

Single-purpose, assistive devices have given way to more accessible – and affordable – apps. Perhaps just as valuable is the glimpse into the capable lives of people with limited vision that apps like BlindWays offer.

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Bridging the skills gap, one solar panel at a time

A municipal program in the US capital aims to equip youths from underserved communities with the skills to build a career while bringing the cost savings of rooftop solar to low-income residents.

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Cars with advanced safety systems yielding lower crash rates

Automated car safety systems such as blind spot warning and lane departure monitoring are helping to halt collisions, new studies find.

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Momentum is building for electric cars, but where will they recharge?

Rising government fuel economy standards and climate concerns have spurred the production of electric cars. But a lack of affordable and standardized charging stations hinders their practical use.

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New alliances signal strategic shift in autonomous car race

In an effort to accelerate production of the first self-driving cars, major car manufacturers are beginning to negotiate mergers and partnerships with suppliers as well as tech companies. 

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Chinese chatbots go rogue on political matters

Two online conversational robots using artificial intelligence (AI) appeared to defame their mother country and were quickly re-educated, though veering off-script isn’t a new phenomenon for AI chatbots.  

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Australia to tourists: come drive your electric car along the Great Barrier Reef

Australia unveils plans to build a superhighway that supports electric cars and will stretch 1,118 miles alongside the endangered natural wonder.

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Britain to ban gasoline and diesel car sales by 2040

Britain goes a step farther than other major urban centers across Europe that have announced plans ban diesel vehicles from city limits by ending the production line altogether.

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New York to test a 'textalyzer' to curb cellphone related traffic accidents

New York considers a new technology that would allow law enforcement to determine whether drivers in crashes were texting.  

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‘Bot vs. Bot:’ Texas professors to develop fake-news-fighting software

Motivated by the threat fake news poses to national security, Texas professors are teaming up to write code for detecting false claims lurking on the internet. 

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1 kit, 4 months,157 countries: Robotics competition gets girls excited for STEM

Students convened in Washington, D.C., this week for the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge. Meet some of the girls from Egypt, Liberia, and Ghana who came ready to compete. 

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NBC aims for new viewers with twice-per-day news show on Snapchat

In an effort to appeal to young news consumers, Comcast Corp's NBC News announced Wednesday its plan to launch a daily news program on Snapchat, an app that the average user visits 18 times a day.

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With Trump's help, Afghan girls surmount visa obstacles to participate in US robotics contest

Six Afghan girls have been granted entry to the United States to participate in the annual international robotics challenge after being denied twice previously, sparking an international backlash.

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Autonomous vehicle legislation soon to appear in House

New bills that would limit state regulations on self-driving vehicles and prevent the National highway Traffic Safety Administration from pre-approving autonomous vehicle technologies are expected to show up in the House this week. 

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Bad behavior is normalized online, spreading 'digital nastiness'

Social media has become a platform for bad behavior, exemplified by celebrities and political leaders alike. Experts say cyber incivility is affecting social interactions in real life.

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