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FBI has access to 640M photos for facial recognition searches

June 05, 2019

Gretta Goodwin, a representative with the Government Accountability Office, said during a House hearing on Tuesday that the FBI uses expansive databases of photos, including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots, to search for potential criminals.

The Real Origins of the U.S.-China Cold War

June 04, 2019

How should Washington deal with an authoritarian regime that is expanding its influence abroad and repressing its citizens at home? That is the question the United States faces today in dealing with Xi Jinping’s China. But it is not a new challenge. After World War II, the United States faced another authoritarian state intent on expanding its borders, intimidating its neighbors, undermining democratic institutions, exporting its authoritarian model, and stealing U.S. technology and know-how.

NASA funds commercial moon landers for science, exploration

June 04, 2019

Under contracts valued at $253.5 million, NASA is funding three fast-track Moon landers in a programme intended to kick-start private-sector exploration and technology development, key elements in the space agency’s drive to return astronauts to the Moon’s surface in 2024.

U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe

June 04, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential probe of Apple Inc as part of a broader review of whether technology giants are using their size to act in an anti-competitive manner, two sources told Reuters. The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.

There's Too Little Outcry When a Government Blocks the Internet

June 03, 2019

When crisis strikes, governments around the world are increasingly reaching for the switches that limit or halt their citizens’ access to the internet. In 2016, there were 75 such cutoffs; last year, there were 188, according to the advocacy group Access Now.

The US-China rivalry has entered dangerous waters

June 03, 2019

Regardless of what led to a failure to conclude a trade agreement between the US and China, the new reality is that hardliners on both sides have now gained the upper hand over those seeking to find an agreed way forward. It means both sides now have fewer inhibitions to provoke the other on trade, and even more sensitive and dangerous subjects.

Crispr gene-editing will change the way Americans eat - here's what's coming

June 03, 2019

Ten years ago, such genetic changes would have been considered science fiction - or so far off into the future of breeding as to be almost unimaginable. But gene editing, particularly with a tool called Crispr-Cas9, has made it much easier and more efficient to tinker with the genomes of plants and animals. The first Crispr-edited products will begin reaching the market this year, and researchers believe it’s only a matter of time before US grocery shelves could be filled with gene-edited produce, grains and meat.

Huawei Is the Only Winner After the Qualcomm Decision

June 02, 2019

In a sweeping decision, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled last week that Qualcomm violated the antitrust laws in licensing its 4G digital communications technology in smartphones. “Invent a better mousetrap, and you’ll be rewarded” has long been the motto driving the U.S. innovation economy--from lightbulbs to airplanes to smartphones. Everyone benefits. This is in doubt now.

Expert predicts a US-China trade deal in six months - but the tech war will go on

May 30, 2019

“The technology war is not going to end,” Alastair Newton, director of Alavan Business Advisory and a former British diplomat, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “Technology is where this battle is going to be fought out, even if we do get a trade deal on bilateral goods.”

Mars Orbiter Finds Giant Cache of Ice on the Red Planet

May 30, 2019

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been studying the red planet since 2006, making amazing discoveries the whole time. As a testament to how much there still is to learn about Mars, the MRO just spotted signs of a huge volume of water ice on the planet. Scientists believe this may be the remains of Mars’ long-lost ice caps.

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