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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.


Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government
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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term
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Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center is warning colleges and universities that increasing numbers of cyberattacks threaten to disrupt the start of the Fall...

Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?
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Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" Internet.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App
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Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google researchers have disclosed six vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage app that could make devices using it exploitable.

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics
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How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs...

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World
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How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect...

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
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The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet
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Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.
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