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Is the tech backlash going askew?



Tech’s loudest critics argue that the gears of government are turning too slowly. But that’s actually another reason why calls to simply throw out measured approaches to regulating competition are dangerous, despite their populist appeal.

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A sharable ‘sit down’ electric scooter company is launching in Texas



A new generation of shareable electric scooters from a company called Ojo Electric will debut in Austin next month. Referred to as a “light electric vehicle,” the scooters can travel 50 miles on a single charge and have a top speed of 20 mph.

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This company says its air taxis could be flying people across major cities by the ‘mid-2020s’



Among the most highly anticipated examples of an air taxi is the Bell Nexus, an “urban air mobility vehicle” that debuted at this year’s CES technology show in Las Vegas.

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Hyundai’s vision for the future: A car that walks on four legs



At the 2019 CES, Hyundai introduced a concept vehicle that traverses the world by walking instead of driving. The company envisions the vehicle being used in disaster zones, where conventional cars are often rendered useless.

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A new fleet of autonomous robots is now making one of the world’s oldest foods



The BreadBot is an autonomous artisanal breadmaking machine that mixes, kneads, bakes and cools bread without human assistance. The robot breadmaker — which can produce 235 loaves a day — is on display at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

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Marriott: Hackers accessed more than 5 million passport numbers during November’s massive data breach



The attack resulted in an additional 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers being swiped, but there is no evidence that the hackers were able to decrypt the data, the company said.

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Google moves closer to creating ‘Minority Report’-style sensors for controlling devices with hand gestures



Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects lab has been seeking to create motion sensors that would let people control their devices without even touching them.

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Hungry between classes? On this college campus, robot vending machines are delivering snacks to students.



Its stout body perched atop six small wheels, the electric Snackbot resembles some combination of an Igloo cooler and a Volkswagen Microbus.

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The NYPD planned to use drones during Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. Then it started raining.



This year — for the first time in the New York Police Department’s history — officials will have a camera-equipped, remote-controlled quadcopter on hand to watch over the thousands in Times Square.

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“I’m Google’s automated booking service.” Why Duplex is now introducing itself as a robot assistant.



Silicon Valley’s quest for artificial intelligence has led it to build self-driving cars, drones, and robots that can do backflips. But often that journey has come down to something much more prosaic, such as booking a reservation at your local hummus shop.