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U.S. bans technology exports to Chinese semiconductor and drone companies, calling them security threats

The Trump administration has added prominent Chinese semiconductor and drone manufacturers to an export blacklist, an attempt to continue exerting pressure on Beijing in the final weeks of the Trump presidency. The Commerce Department said it has placed Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., or SMIC; drone maker DJI; and dozens of other Chinese companies and universities […]

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23 countries seek access to Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology

(Reuters) — Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules, one of several restrictions that […]

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The Technology 202: Social networks want you to stay home — and to tell your friends to do the same

With Tonya Riley A nearly empty California Street in San Francisco on Saturday. (Jeff Chiu/AP) Ctrl + N Social networks perfected peer pressure. Now the coronavirus crisis is testing whether they can use that power to encourage social distancing aimed at stopping the spread of the virus. Companies are increasingly experimenting with new features that […]

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The Technology 202: Facebook and YouTube content pushing steroids raises more platform policing questions

Content moderators work at a Facebook office in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post) Ctrl + N Drug dealers are using Facebook, YouTube and other social networks to push steroids, raising new concerns about Silicon Valley’s content moderation investments as the tech industry faces increasing pressure in Washington.  Steroids and other performance […]