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China Is Watching Us, or at Least Chinese Cameras AreIt may not be a household name in the US, but many Americans have surely come under the gaze of a product made by the Chinese company Hikvision. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Hikvision is the No. 2 seller of surveillance equipment in the US and is No. 1...
Newser8 hours ago
Germany bans children's smart watches with listening appGerman regulators have issued a ban on certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, which they say run afoul of the country's surveillance restrictions and have been used, among other things, to listen in on classrooms
The Associated Press8 hours ago
A coal-burning power plant steams behind wind generators in Gelsenkirchen, Germany while the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks end in Bonn, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stanceNegotiators worked through the night on the technical details of the Paris climate accord before two weeks of global talks on climate change finally ended in Bonn
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Maybe Letting Delivery Drivers Into Home Isn't Actually So SafeA recent survey of US adults found 68% weren't comfortable giving delivery drivers access to their homes to leave packages inside, as happens with Amazon's new service, the Seattle Times reports. That number may soon go up even further. A security research firm tells CBS News a "really simple" hack...
Newser22 hours ago
Are Amazon's 'Last Mile' Drivers 'Utterly Expendable'?Amazon has an open secret that few pay heed to: a "nearly invisible workforce" that works to get consumers their packages on demand, per Gizmodo . Bryan Menegus dives into the company's Flex program, responsible for the firm's "last-mile" service, which involves getting ordered goods to a customer from the last...
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This photo provided by Tesla shows the new electric semitractor-trailer unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The move fits with Tesla CEO Elon Musk's stated goal for the company of accelerating the shift to sustainable transportation. (Tesla via AP)
Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitionsTesla says it will electrify trucking with 500-mile-range semi due out in 2019
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UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'A U.N. panel is moving ahead with efforts to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, but not as quickly as some human rights groups and other opponents think is necessary to keep up with technological advances
The Associated Press1 day ago
VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington. Experts in artificial intelligence are sounding alarms about Trump’s “extreme vetting” initiative that proposes using technology to scan social media and automatically make assessments about which foreigners should be allowed to stay in the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech expertsLeading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial-intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during a Federal Communications Commission hearing in Washington. On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the FCC voted to loosen rules meant to support independent local media. The newspaper and broadcasting industries say they need the changes to deal with growing competition from the web and cable companies. Critics say dumping these rules, by encouraging consolidation, hurts media diversity. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stationsFederal regulators vote to loosening rules meant to support independent local media
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Nebraska to build wind farm to power Facebook data centerUtility officials say a new wind farm being built in northeastern Nebraska will provide 200 megawatts of power a planned Facebook data center
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Jen Vargas looks at a call log displayed via an AT&T app on her cellphone at her home in Orlando, Fla. The app helps locate and block fraudulent calls although some robocalls still get through. On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules giving phone companies greater authority to block automated messages known as robocalls from reaching customers. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Phone companies get new tools to block spam callsTens of millions of "robocalls" pester Americans every day. But some tools can help.
The Associated Press2 days ago
European court rules against Greece over wiretap deathEuropean court orders Greece to pay damages to relatives of a Vodafone telecoms executive who was found dead in 2005 on the eve of the government's discovery of a major wiretapping scandal
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After Twitter Yanks Verified Status, She Cites HolocaustA few Twitter users lost the coveted blue tick on Wednesday after Twitter released new guidelines regarding verified accounts. The move came after the company was attacked for granting verified status to Jason Kessler, who put together the white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in August (and issued this "vile"...
Newser2 days ago
Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documentsMoscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing more details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago
The Associated Press2 days ago
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