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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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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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