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US, EU Launch Agreement on Artificial Intelligence

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Jan,2023
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The United States and European Union announced Friday an agreement to speed up and enhance the use of artificial intelligence to improve agriculture, health care, emergency response, climate forecasting and the electric grid.  A senior U.S. administration official, discussing the…

US Dismantles Ransomware Network Responsible for More Than $100 Million in Extortion

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Jan,2023
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An international ransomware network that extorted more than $100 million from hundreds of victims around the world has been brought down following a monthslong infiltration by the FBI, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. The group known as Hive targeted…

Trump Reinstated to Facebook After 2-Year Ban

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Jan,2023
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Facebook parent Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump’s personal account after a two-year suspension following the January 6, 2021, insurrection.  The company said in a blog post Wednesday it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure there are no “repeat…

Microsoft Reports Outage for Teams, Outlook, Other Services

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Jan,2023
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Microsoft said it’s seeing some improvement to problems with its online services including the Teams messaging platform and Outlook email system after users around the world reported outages Wednesday.  In a status update, the tech company reported “service degradation” for…

Olive Pits Fuel Flights in Spain

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Jan,2023
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The war in Ukraine has exposed Europe’s energy dependence on Russia and is spurring the development of new, cleaner-burning biofuels. Spain is emerging as a leader in this effort, with the introduction late last year of airplane fuel made from…

ChatGPT Bot Passes US Law School Exam

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Jan,2023
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A chatbot powered by reams of data from the internet has passed exams at a U.S. law school after writing essays on topics ranging from constitutional law to taxation and torts. ChatGPT from OpenAI, a U.S. company that this week…

US, 8 States Sue Google on Digital Ad Business Dominance

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Jan,2023
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The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Alphabet’s GOOGL.O Google on Tuesday over allegations that the company abused its dominance of the digital advertising business, according to a court document. “Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means to…

AI Tools Can Create New Images, But Who Is the Real Artist?

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Jan,2023
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Countless artists have taken inspiration from “The Starry Night” since Vincent Van Gogh painted the swirling scene in 1889. Now artificial intelligence systems are doing the same, training themselves on a vast collection of digitized artworks to produce new images…

Google Parent Company To Lay Off 12,000 Workers Globally

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Jan,2023
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Alphabet Inc., the parent company of tech giant Google, announced Friday it is laying off 12,000 workers across the entire company — cuts reflecting six percent of the company’s total workforce. In an email to employees Friday, Chief Executive Officer…

FBI Chief Says He’s ‘Deeply Concerned’ by China’s AI Program

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Jan,2023
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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he was “deeply concerned” about the Chinese government’s artificial intelligence program, asserting that it was “not constrained by the rule of law.” Speaking during a panel session at the World Economic Forum in…

Tech Layoffs Mount as Microsoft, Amazon Shed Staff

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Jan,2023
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Software giant Microsoft on Wednesday became the latest major company in the tech sector to announce significant job cuts when it reported it would lay off 10,000 employees, or about 5% of its workforce. Microsoft’s job cuts come just as…

SpaceX’s Starlink Becomes Crucial Tool in Ukrainian War Effort

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Jan,2023
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When Russia invaded Ukraine, the military and private citizens started using Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink, which eventually became key to Ukraine’s resistance. From Kyiv, Myroslava Gongadze tells the story of one Ukrainian engineer who volunteers to support the technology and…

Israel’s Cognyte Won Tender to Sell Spyware to Myanmar Before Coup, Documents Show

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Jan,2023
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Israel’s Cognyte Software Ltd won a tender to sell intercept spyware to a Myanmar state-backed telecommunications firm a month before the Asian nation’s February 2021 military coup, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. The deal was made even though Israel…

Fight Over Big Tech Looms in US Supreme Court

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Jan,2023
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An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that asks whether tech firms can be held liable for damages related to algorithmically generated content recommendations has the ability to “upend the internet,” according to a brief filed by Google this week. The…

Report: Iran May Be Using Facial Recognition Technology to Police Hijab Law

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Jan,2023
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A recently published report in a U.S.-based magazine says Iran is likely using facial recognition technology to monitor women’s compliance with the country’s hijab law. While there are other ways people can be identified, Wired magazine says Iran’s apparent use…

Journalists Say Elon Musk Needs to Reinstitute Monitoring of Twitter

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Jan,2023
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Concerns linger over Twitter’s stance on free expression and safety since Elon Musk took over the platform in a $44 billion deal. Since taking ownership in late October, Musk has instituted changes including dissolving an oversight review channel, laying off…

GM, Ford, Google Partner to Promote ‘Virtual’ Power Plants

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Jan,2023
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Companies including GM, Ford, Google and solar energy producers said on Tuesday they would work together to establish standards for scaling up the use of virtual power plants (VPPs), systems for easing loads on electricity grids when supply is short….

Seattle Schools Sue Tech Giants Over Social Media Harm

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Jan,2023
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The public school district in Seattle has filed a novel lawsuit against the tech giants behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat, seeking to hold them accountable for the mental health crisis among youth. Seattle Public Schools filed the lawsuit…

CES 2023: Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse 

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Jan,2023
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Is the metaverse closer than we think? It depends on whom you ask at CES, where companies are showing off innovations that could immerse us deeper into virtual reality, otherwise known as VR. The metaverse — essentially a buzzword for…

Ukrainian Startups Bring Tech Innovation to CES 2023

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Jan,2023
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The past year has been difficult for startups everywhere, but running a company in Ukraine during the Russian invasion comes with a whole different set of challenges. Clinical psychologist Ivan Osadchyy brought his medical device, called Knopka, to this year’s…