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MIT develops 3-D printing 'undo' option

A new technique brings the ability to edit, among other things, to 3-D printing. 

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Amazon seeks FCC permission to run undisclosed tests in Washington State

The online retailer has remained tight-lipped about the nature and scope of its plans.

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Devices sprout ears: What do Alexa and Siri mean for privacy?

The Echo is taking the US by storm, with Google Home hot on its tracks. What are the privacy risks of having an always-listening digital assistant in your home?

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How yesterday's industrial workplaces are becoming today's data centers

Factories, mines, printing press buildings, bakeries, and other icons of 20th century industrial activity are now being adapted to the information age.

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How to combat sexism in 2017? With an app, of course.

Whistle, an app where users can document sexism in real time, is one of a growing number of digital tools to help address the problem.

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Will this EU privacy proposal lead to a more trustworthy internet or a more annoying one?

The legislation proposed by the European Commission is meant to protect web surfers' privacy, but online advertising advocates say it could lead to more pop-up ads. 

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Why China still forbids Pokémon Go (+video)

China’s state censor said Tuesday Nintendo’s hit smartphone app and other augmented reality games carry potential security risks, and will not be licensed until these concerns have been evaluated.

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Why Snapchat picked London for its new headquarters, Brexit and all

More tech firms seem to be gravitating toward London, despite Brexit.

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Google launches self-driving minivans: are autonomous cars inching closer to mass movement?

Over the past few years, autonomous vehicle technology has made exponential leaps forward. But are they ready to hit roads across the United States?

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Why is Uber giving away traffic data?

A new, free website Uber is launching will give away valuable traffic data to city planners and the public. 

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Can this clothing defeat face recognition software? Tech-savvy artists experiment.

'These projects, I approach them in a playful way,' says artist and technologist Adam Harvey, 'but they also touch on some very serious issues of national security and surveillance.'

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No more dropped calls: NYC subway to get cell service, WiFi

The internet spreads underground. New York City subway stations get connected, but what impact will it have on workers? 

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First Nokia-branded Android smartphone targets Chinese market

The Finnish technology company that was a frontrunner in the early days of mobile phone development unveiled its first new smartphone in years, announcing more to come in early 2017.

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Norway will become the first country to ditch FM radio

Norway leads the world in switching off FM radio, but many are unhappy with the change. 

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At CES, Alexa proliferates: Is this Jeff Bezos' fourth pillar?

Companies ranging from appliance maker Whirlpool Corp to Ford Motor Co unveiled products featuring Alexa, the digital assistant from Amazon.

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Japanese company's AI hire signals coming wins for robots. What about the people?

Robots are filling jobs around the globe, but experts believe labor markets for human workers may grow as well. 

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Amazon's Alexa to hit the road: a safer or more dangerous driving experience?

Amazon's digital voice assistant will be available in some Ford models this summer, but transportation safety experts and advocacy groups aren't sure that's entirely a good thing. 

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Coding and motors: How Lego's new robot toys fit with the Maker movement

Lego Boost is a simplified version of the company's other robotic toys.

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Gigafactory begins battery production: Start of something big for Tesla?

Tesla expects the production of lithium-ion battery cells at its mega-factory in Nevada will lower the cost of its cars and other battery-related products.  But can it deliver? 

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Why will Mark Zuckerberg visit all 50 US states?

After a year of bad press from 'fake news' stories and manipulated news feeds, the Facebook CEO is embarking on a 'listening tour' to reconnect with its social media users.

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