Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Travis Kalanick, the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., says he needs leadership help. He recently dispatched former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims against the company. His security team is reviewing a practice known as “Greyballing.” And he’s no longer going to any more meetings with President Trump. These damage-control initiatives—in response, respectively, to […]

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Security flaw found in WhatsApp

A computer security firm on Wednesday revealed a flaw that could let hackers break into WhatsApp or Telegram messaging accounts using the very encryption intended to protect messages. Check Point Software Technologies said it alerted Telegram and Facebook-owned WhatsApp last week, waiting until the vulnerability was patched before making it public. Check Point did not specify how many messaging accounts […]

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Intel chairman: ‘I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower’

With threats of subpoenas and efforts to block a top Justice nominee, congressional leaders are ramping up pressure on the Justice Department and FBI to acknowledge whether there is any information to support President Trump’s widely disputed claim that the Obama administration wiretapped his New York offices in advance of the November election. The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence […]

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As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren’t people, says study

A big chunk of those “likes,” “retweets,” and “followers” lighting up your Twitter (TWTR)account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people. The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user […]

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How millions of kids are being shaped by know-it-all voice assistants

Kids adore their new robot siblings. As millions of American families buy robotic voice assistants to turn off lights, order pizzas and fetch movie times, children are eagerly co-opting the gadgets to settle dinner table disputes, answer homework questions and entertain friends at sleepover parties. Many parents have been startled and intrigued by the way these disembodied, know-it-all voices — […]

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Draft 5G specs lay the groundwork for a real standard

With all the hype around early 5G launches and tests, there’s one glaring problem: the telecom industry hasn’t really defined what 5G is. However, the super-fast wireless is starting to take shape. The International Telecommunication Union has published draft 5G specs that set performance expectations. As a user, you should get 100Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps for uploads — unlike […]

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Phone firms turn to artificial intelligence at top mobile fair

Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world’s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain. Along with launches of new smartphones from major players like Huawei and LG, two former giants — Nokia and Blackberry — will attempt to make a comeback with new devices. Nokia is reportedly set to […]

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