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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
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Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing
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Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing

The chipmaker helped create Silicon Valley—but cultural complacency and a missed mobile boom have left it far behind competitors.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
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Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps
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AI Is India's Solution to Fix Data Gaps

India's Ministry of Statistics is accelerating artificial intelligence usage for collecting, analyzing, and disclosing data to better monitor the economy.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office
From ACM TechNews

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.

China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites
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China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites

China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram in a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application...

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies
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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
From ACM TechNews

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone...

Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that online searches on gastrointestinal symptoms can forecast a spike in coronavirus cases weeks...
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