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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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Should a self-driving car ever run people over on purpose?

In a world of self-driving cars, collisions will be rare, but occasionally unavoidable. How do we program them to ensure that they are making the most ethical decisions?

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North Korea missile test: How big a technological breakthrough?

North Korea's missile test on Tuesday suggests the rogue nation may have dramatically expanded its missile range. They can't yet reach the continental United States, but doing so is only a matter of time, defense experts say.

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Cyberattack may be more than mere moneymaker, evidence suggests

In the aftermath of a malicious software attack that affected companies worldwide on Tuesday, analysis of the culpable code as well as recent events have led experts to believe that the attack may have been more malicious than a mere ransomware theft.

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Can we restore civility to Washington policy debates?

In many policy debates, the discussion has shifted from criticizing ideas to questioning motives. Can policymakers find their way back to civility?

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Cyberwar's new front: What we know about latest global attacks

With two major 'ransomware' outbreaks in as many months, WannaCry and Petya represent a new breed of attacks: malware drawing on NSA-developed cyber weapons let loose by an antagonistic and formidable hacking group. 

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In terror fight, tech companies caught between US and European ideals

Amid European pressure to crack down on terrorist content, US-based tech companies struggle to strike a balance between American and European concepts of censorship and freedom of speech.

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Facebook wants to shift its focus to 'meaningful' online communities and connections

In the Facebook Communities Summit Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg moderated a panel to discuss the potential for social media to 'build community' across the world.

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China sees quantum leap in secure telecommunications technology

Will the citizens of the future connect through a ‘global quantum communication network?’ Time will tell, though China’s breakthrough in quantum satellite communication technology is a promising start. 

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Google escalates their efforts against online terrorism

In wake of recent terrorist attacks worldwide, Google cracks down on a campaign to counter the use of their platform by extremists and hate groups. 

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New cyber threat to electric grid uncovered by security firms

Crash Override or Industroyer is capable of causing power outages by ordering industrial computers to shut down electricity transmission.

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Should tech companies delete ISIS videos?

Tech companies are once again facing criticism for providing a forum for terrorist recruitment and training. But the decision to remove ISIS-sponsored content is more complicated than many assume.

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Nest Cam IQ: a security camera that recognizes you

A high-resolution security camera and Google's facial recognition technology combine to help protect people's homes, but the data capture raises potential privacy concerns.

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Computer beats Chinese champion in game of Go

AlphaGo proves its expanding expertise in the ancient board game.

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Facebook hit by fine from French data protection watchdog

The 150,000 euro fine is small, but part of a larger effort to hold the tech giant accountable for allowing user data to be taken by advertisers.

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