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China 2025 Plan Remains a Stumbling Block as Trump Meeting Looms

October 31, 2018

China’s state-sponsored push to dominate technologies of the future is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to prospects for resolution to the U.S. trade war. Officials from both sides are pessimistic about chances for a breakthrough when Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

California Will Not Enforce State Net Neutrality Law Pending Appeal

October 30, 2018

The state of California on Friday agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until a final court decision on the Trump administration's decision to overturn the 2015 Obama-era open internet rules. The move likely means the California net neutrality law, which was set to take effect on Jan. 1, now will be on hold for a year or longer.

Larry Ellison agrees with his nemesis Jeff Bezos over one big thing: the 'shocking' way Google views the U.S. military

October 30, 2018

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison had a few choice things to say about Google's newfound disdain for the U.S. military.

Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns

October 30, 2018

Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.

Big Tech's year of reckoning

October 30, 2018

Constant Washington shocks have resulted in the underplaying of one of the most consequential stories of our time: Big Tech is facing rising scrutiny and controversy, with many Americans rethinking their online relationships. With tech having lost its luster, the industry is now facing more skepticism from all directions, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried points out.

Understanding Data Privacy

October 29, 2018

With Europe passing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- a significant piece of data protection legislation with global implications -- and now California implementing a new privacy law, coupled with several high-profile incidents involving companies exposing consumer data, there is a growing push for federal data privacy legislation in the United States.

'18 Miles' is full of interesting tales about Earth's atmosphere

October 29, 2018

How thick is Earth’s atmosphere? Sorry, that’s a bit of a trick question: Our planet’s air simply gets thinner with altitude, fading away to nothingness somewhere far above the height at which the lowest satellites orbit.

US won't talk to China on trade until it gets specific plan to halt tech theft

October 28, 2018

Trade tensions have taken another negative turn, with the U.S. demanding that China come up with a specific plan to stop allegedly stealing technology. Until Beijing does so, the U.S. will not resume trade negotiations, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

Algorithms to Boldly Go Where No Scientist Has Gone Before

October 28, 2018

As algorithms and artificial intelligence infiltrate science, don’t expect bots to replace researchers -- but AI may guide scientists and funding agents toward the most promising unexplored territory. There’s a lot of room for improvement in the way humans are choosing scientific questions, said sociology professor James Evans, who suggested the use of algorithms for guidance in a special section of Science Magazine called “Toward a More Scientific Science.”

A never-before-seen Russian missile is identified as an anti-satellite weapon and will be ready for warfare by 2022

October 25, 2018

A never-before-seen missile photographed last month on a Russian MiG-31 interceptor is believed to be a mock-up of an anti-satellite weapon that will be ready for warfare by 2022, three sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report say. The Russian anti-satellite weapon, which is attached to a space launch vehicle, is expected to target communication and imagery satellites in low Earth orbit...

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