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Massive outage takes websites, including Amazon and major news sites, offline

Websites around the world, including major news sites, Amazon and the United Kingdom’s government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early Tuesday.

Fastly, an American cloud computing services provider, said it began investigating the issue about 5:58 a.m. ET on its status page. The company, which provides content delivery services to many websites, said the issue was fixed within an hour.

“We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our points of presence globally and have disabled that configuration,” Fastly told NBC News in a statement. “Our global network is coming back online.”

Multiple news outlets

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Portable technology offers boost for nuclear security, arms control | MIT News

About five years ago, Areg Danagoulian, associate professor in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), became intrigued by a technique developed by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory that uses a neutron beam to identify unknown materials.

“They could look into a black box containing uranium and say what kind and how much,” says Danagoulian, who directs MIT’s Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics (LANPh). “I was thinking about the problem of verifying nuclear material in warheads, and it just dawned on me, this amazing technology could be applied to what we’re working on.”

But there was

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Investors Call for Ethical Approach to Facial Recognition Technology | Technology News

By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber

LONDON (Reuters) -A group of 50 investors managing more than $4.5 trillion in assets is calling on companies involved in the development and use of facial recognition technology, such as Amazon and Facebook, to do so in an ethical way.

The investor group, which is led by asset manager Candriam, a European division of U.S. financial services company New York Life, said in a statement the technology could infringe on an individual’s privacy rights, given the lack of consent of those being identified, and that there is often no official oversight.

The initiative shows

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US Senate approves $50bn boost for computer chip and AI technology to counter China | US news

The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to boost American semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China.

The 68-32 vote for the bill on Tuesday demonstrates how confronting China economically is an issue that unites both parties in Congress. It is a rare unifying issue in an era of division as pressure grows on Democrats to change Senate rules to push past Republican opposition and gridlock.

The centerpiece of the bill is a $50bn emergency allotment to the US commerce department to boost semiconductor

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Taiwan Mayor Says Too Early to Say if Tech Hub Safe From COVID Spike | Technology News

TAIPEI (Reuters) -It is still too early to say whether the major chip companies that operate in Taiwan’s tech hub of Hsinchu will be safe from the latest increase in COVID-19 infections, its mayor said, though chip giant TSMC said it had seen no impact so far.

After months of relative safety, Taiwan is dealing with a rise in domestic infections, which have since last week begun impacting a small number of tech firms in Miaoli, the town adjacent to Hsinchu, including chip test and packaging firm King Yuan Electronics and semiconductor equipment provider Foxsemicon Integrated Technology.

Taiwan is a

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Supreme Court hands down very good news for everyone who uses a computer

A case that the Supreme Court handed down on Thursday, Van Buren v. United States, centers on the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) — a law so old it’s practically antediluvian by the standards of the tech industry.

Enacted in 1986, the law is intended to prevent individuals from accessing computer systems or individual files that they are not permitted to see — think of it as an anti-hacking law. But the law was also enacted more than three decades ago, long before the internet shifted much of human society to the virtual world. As such, many

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