Tech companies wage war on disease-carrying mosquitoes

By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO CHICAGO American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide. Firms including Microsoft Corp and...
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Toyota leads $14 million funding round for Israel’s Intuition Robotics

JERUSALEM Intuition Robotics, an Israeli developer of artificial intelligence robots for use by the elderly, said on Tuesday it raised $14 million in an early stage funding round led by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). OurCrowd, iRobot, Maniv Mobility, Ter...
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China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing

By Natalie Thomas | BEIJING BEIJING Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from...
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Apple to build second renewables-powered data center in Denmark

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen | COPENHAGEN COPENHAGEN Apple Inc said Monday it will spend 6 billion Danish crowns ($921 million) on a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy. Facebook Inc...
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Driving under the influence in car powered by whisky biofuel

By Mark Hanrahan | LONDON LONDON Alcohol and automobiles famously do not mix – but one Scottish scientist has disproved that maxim by driving a car powered by biofuel derived from making whisky. Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables has developed a process.....
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U.S. judge allows Twitter lawsuit over surveillance to move forward

By David Ingram | SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) could move forward with a lawsuit that aims to free technology companies to speak more openly about surveillance requests they receive from...
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Germany says cyber threat greater than expected, more firms affected

HAMBURG Germany’s BSI federal cyber agency said on Friday that the threat posed to German firms by recent cyber attacks launched via a Ukrainian auditing software was greater than expected, and some German firms had seen production halted for over...
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Brazil apps track gunfire as Rio de Janeiro violence spikes

RIO DE JANEIRO Gun violence is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro, with the sound of firefights echoing daily across Brazil’s seaside city as drug gangs battle each other and police officers patrolling slums. Now a pair of applications...
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We need to talk about sex, robot experts say

By Kate Kelland | LONDON LONDON Move over blow-up dolls, the sex robots are here. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into the global sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic “sextech” designed to offer sexual gratification.....
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U.N. survey finds cybersecurity gaps everywhere except Singapore

By Tom Miles | GENEVA GENEVA Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on...
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