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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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North Korea could be behind ransomware attack, say experts

The evidence is circumstantial, but it fits the profile of other cyberattacks perpetrated by the country.

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What caused the global 'WannaCry' ransomware attack?

Experts do not expect the perpetrators of the attack to be a 'sophisticated' group, despite at least 200,000 victims cropping up since Friday.

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Should Silicon Valley be liable for cybersecurity?

The global ransomware attack that affected an estimated 300,000 computers in 150 countries is tied to a Windows vulnerability. Do Microsoft and other software makers bear responsibility for keeping products secure or is it up to users?

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In landmark case, Uber considered not just an app

An adviser to the European Union's top court said the ride-hailer is no more than a transport service, but Uber said the ruling would not change the way it is regulated in most EU countries. 

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What's keeping driverless cars off the road? Human drivers bending the rules

Traffic customs differ from area to area, and humans adjust relatively quickly to local idiosyncrasies. But autonomous vehicles are not so adaptable.

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Think technology is disrupting the job market like never before? Think again.

A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation analyzes the US labor market from 1850 to the present and finds that we are in an era of unprecedented calm. And that's not good.

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How Facebook plans to stop violent postings

The company's announcement is an acknowledgement that, at least for now, it can't rely on automated software to monitor inappropriate posts. 

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How the FCC hopes to curb those annoying spam calls

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new set of rules to stymie calls from 'spoofed' phone numbers, which often help scammers steal personal information. 

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Do today's cops need a 'Textalyzer' test?

A new app enables police to scan for cellphone use. In New York, it's generating interest among lawmakers – and worry from privacy advocates. 

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'Flying car' to go on sale by end of year

A Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to consumers by the end of this year. But how soon can would-be pilots go from hobbyists to commuters? 

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How Wikipedia’s founder wants to ‘fix the news' (+video)

Jimmy Wales is launching a new platform that he says will 'protect the integrity of information' from fake news.

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If you are in the market for a new Tesla, now might be the time to buy

The consumer tax credit, which will end for the company next year, is just one of several policies and market factors guiding Tesla and its competitors on the road to mass market.

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Volkswagen to roll out an electric car in China. Can it help reduce the smog?

Chinese officials hope the push to electric cars can clean up cities struggling to fight smog. 

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Burger King launches TV ad that triggers Google Home: clever marketing trick or invasive ploy?

The new ad has raised concerns about privacy and security in a world of 'always listening' smart devices.

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To boost transparency, Ukraine turns to blockchain

The governments of several countries have already adopted this transaction-tracking software to increase transparency and efficiency.

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Commentary: Is the Endangered Species Act facing extinction?

Before we overhaul the Endangered Species Act, we should better understand what it means to deliberately allow a species to go extinct.

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Is Google underpaying its female employees?

The company, which has been criticized for a lack of diversity among its workforce, is now accused of severely underpaying the small number of women who do work there.

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Federal government drops inquiry into Twitter account critical of Trump

After the company filed a lawsuit Thursday, the federal government withdrew its summons of personal information related to a Twitter account that spoke out against the president's immigration policies. 

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