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In wake of London attacks, a call for state access to encrypted messages

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called upon WhatsApp and apps like it to make their platforms accessible to law enforcement and intelligence services, following an attack near Britain's parliament that left four people dead. 

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Howard University West: Can Google-Howard partnership increase diversity in tech?

The Google-Howard collaboration, announced Thursday, is intended to help Google access tech talent and give top computer science students at Howard a taste of life in Silicon Valley.

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'Solar-powered skin' could restore feeling to amputees

Graphene proves an ideal material for helping prosthetic limbs generate their own energy. 

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Will a cheaper iPad do much to boost tablet sales? (+video)

Among product updates announced by Apple was a new, cheaper 9.7 inch iPad.

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Cutting ties with YouTube: A win in the fight against racist web content?

Havas’s decision to cut ties with Google and YouTube marks a victory for a new type of consumer activism. But it could also give a taste of fights to come.

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As lawsuit heats up, Uber requests arbitration

Unlike other recent headaches, Google’s patent-infringement lawsuit targets Uber’s strategy to prosper in the age of self-driving cars.

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Google 'Family Link' gives parents a way to monitor preteens' accounts

It’s the latest sign of the importance that 'screen time' has for today’s kids, and of the new responsibilities it’s created for their parents.

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Emma Watson's photo hack: How much control do we have over our own images? (+video)

Private photos of the actress were stolen. Even less conspicuous targets for hackers may see reason to take extra cybersecurity measures.

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US charges Russian spies, hackers with massive Yahoo breach

The US government announced charges on Wednesday against two Russian intelligence offers and two hackers for the 2014 data breach that affected at least half a billion Yahoo users.

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Facebook bars its developers from building surveillance tools

In a post on Monday, Facebook says it is prohibiting developers from using the data it collects on users to monitor activists and protesters. 

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Google-Levi's digital jacket: The next big thing in tech?

South by Southwest attendees this weekend got a closer look at the upcoming commuter jacket from Project Jacquard, a wearable technology initiative from Google and Levi's. 

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California wants to give driverless cars their learners' permits

California proposes letting cars go fully autonomous, a vote of confidence in a self-driving future where vehicles stop assisting and take the wheel. 

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Self-driving cars still seem scary to most Americans

One year ago, a AAA survey found that three-quarters of Americans fear self-driving cars. A survey this year shows the exact same thing.

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Uber to cease controversial use of Greyball: Will that be enough to repair its image?

In a statement yesterday the ride-sharing company said that it will prohibit its drivers from using the Greyball app to evade regulators.

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Is VW's new Sedric a driverless car – or a lounge on wheels?

VW introduced Sedric, its new driverless concept car – perhaps representing the car of the future – at the auto show in Geneva this week.

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Robot sets new Rubik’s Cube record

A Rubik's Cube-solving robot has set a new Guinness World Record for solving the iconic puzzle in just over half a second. 

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Facebook’s fake news tag is here. Who is charged with flagging hoaxes?

Facebook quietly rolled out its 'disputed news' tag Friday, allowing certain users to flag false reports on the platform. 

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Uber’s secret 'Greyball' program: a problem with the ride-hailer or with regulators?

Uber confirmed it used a secret tool to sidestep or dupe city regulators. But some argue the program's existence is a response to regulatory overreach. 

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How will the new high-skilled worker visa rules affect Silicon Valley?

The government has suspended the H-1B visa's $1,225 expedited service option, highlighting the controversial program's uncertain future. 

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How a typo made the Amazon cloud go dark for scores of internet users

The outage was an abrupt reminder that the internet is not as invincible as its near seamless fusion with our lives suggests.

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