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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C
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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

Devices using only wireless charging would be exempt from the mandate.

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam
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Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam

Researchers uncovered a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows Hello system that permitted them to manipulate a USB webcam to unlock a Windows...

Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them
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Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them

SophosLabs researcher Andrew Brandt has discovered malware that identifies and blocks software pirates.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips
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Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips

Fourth-largest contract chipmaker aiming at supply problems for carmakers, others.

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases
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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities
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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.

The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices
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Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Investigators with Google's Project Zero exploit research team uncovered a hacking campaign that used four zero-day exploits to install malware on Android and Windows...

Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back
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Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back

Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft are partnering to stop Kazakhstan'€™s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic between citizens and...

Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons
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Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons

Researchers warned Wednesday that up to 3 million devices have been infiltrated by malware-impregnated Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser extensions that...

'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C
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'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C

Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt
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New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

Micro Magic's new CPU offers decent performance with record-breaking efficiency.

Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas
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Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas

Dartmouth College researchers discovered pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas using drones equipped with LiDAR and infrared and thermal imaging.

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future
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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.
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