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Congress Again With the Big Tech Questions

U.S. Capitol Building

The Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week tried again to get a handle on whether the nation’s big social media companies are some sort of threat to the greater good. They also tried again to figure out just what it is these companies, that …

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DARPA Plans Competition for Tiny Search and Rescue Robots

Tiny robots on fingertip

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to find the latest in tiny search and rescue robots by putting them through a training program similar to what human athletes training for the Olympics do. Robots will enter the program called Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms, which will develop small robotics technology …

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Google Hit With Record Fine By European Commission


Google has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5 billion) over Android. The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position” in search. The firm’s parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up …

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Court Victory Legalizes 3D-printable Gun Blueprints

3D Printed Gun

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, …

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Irish Post Office Makes Drone Delivery to Island

Irish Postal Service Drone

Ireland’s national postal service has made its first-ever drone delivery to an island where it could be a little harder than usual to get the mail delivered in a timely fashion. An official with An Post said on Twitter that it delivered a parcel from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island. …

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Now Congress Scrutinizing Alphabet and Apple

US Capitol

In the wake of last week’s Google scandal around third-party apps accessing user information, top Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to both Alphabet and Apple. The top Republican leaders asked Larry Page about the third-party access to user email, while checking in with Tim …

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