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World Dec 23In Africa, rescuing the languages that Western tech ignores
Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of data for answers to complex questions – as long as you speak English or another of the world's dominant languages.
Economy Dec 13OSHA opens investigation after Amazon warehouse collapses during tornado, killing 6
Amazon said workers at the warehouse had little time to prepare when the National Weather Service declared a tornado warning on Friday night. The tornado arrived soon after, collapsing both sides of the warehouse and caving in its roof.
World Nov 02Facebook to shut down face-recognition system, delete data
More than a third of Facebook’s daily active users have opted in to have their faces recognized by the social network’s system. That’s about 640 million people.
Economy Oct 26WATCH: Tik Tok, Snapchat, YouTube executives testify in Senate hearing about kids’ safety online
Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms.
Economy Oct 18Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in Europe to build ‘metaverse’
The company said in a blog post Sunday that those high-skilled workers will help build "the metaverse," a futuristic notion for connecting online that uses augmented and virtual reality.
Science Oct 08White House proposes tech ‘bill of rights’ to safeguard against harmful use of biometric data
The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday launched a fact-finding mission to look at facial recognition and other biometric tools used to identify people or assess their emotional or mental states and character.
Arts Aug 10Why your neighborhood bar or cafe might ask to see your vaccine card
Ready to go out on the town before summer ends? In parts of the U.S., you might have to carry around your COVID-19 vaccine card or a digital copy to get into restaurants, bars, nightclubs and music festivals.
Economy Jul 02Ransomware hits hundreds of U.S. companies, security firm says
A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident.
Politics Jun 30WATCH: Microsoft executive calls it ‘routine’ for federal law enforcement to seek data on customers
Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company.
Nation Mar 19U.S. charges Swiss ‘hacktivist’ for data theft and leaks
The Justice Department has charged a Swiss hacker with computer intrusion and identity theft, just over a week after the hacker took credit for helping to break into the online systems of a U.S. security-camera startup.