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Senator: Technology Warrants New Privacy Laws

By Nick Tabor ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via cellphones and license plates, so Maryland needs stricter protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology. Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee two bills that would [...]

Target Breach Puts Corporate Tech Execs Under Fire

By Bree Fowler NEW YORK (AP) – Hackers are putting top technology executives under severe pressure. And the sudden departure of Target’s chief information officer in the wake of the company’s massive pre-Christmas data breach has only ratcheted up the stress. Years ago, the job of a CIO focused mainly on the upkeep of computer [...]

Car-To-Car Talk: Hey, Look Out For That Collision!

By Joan Lowy WASHINGTON (AP) – Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don’t, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they’re plunging toward peril. The action, still some years off, has “game-changing potential” to cut collisions, [...]

Wis. Students Develop Robot Snowblower

By Keith Uhlig WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Students developing the robot snowblower at Wausau West High School laugh politely at a joke about the machine becoming self-aware and attempting to take over the world. “Actually, though,” said Ethan Klein, 17, a senior, “we do want to address safety.” The idea would be to install some [...]

US Tech Firms Fight Spying, Protect Interests

By Michael Liedtke and Marcy Gordon SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – Even as Silicon Valley’s technology companies speak out against the U.S. government’s surveillance methods, they are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people’s online habits.