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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half
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'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half

The number of "cryptojacking" attacks on financial companies jumped 30% to 66.7 million during the first half of 2022 compared with the same period last year.

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Ethereum Mining Is Going Away
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Ethereum Mining Is Going Away

Ethereum mining could end soon due to "the Merge," leaving as many as 1 million miners out of a source of income.

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.

Apple Debuts Pay-Later Service, iPhone Updates to Developers
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Apple Debuts Pay-Later Service, iPhone Updates to Developers

Company also debuts buy-now-pay-later service, new apps.

World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR
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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers
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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies...

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests
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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Data was used to enable harassment, may aid financial fraud.

Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table
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Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table

Group is trying to define what is acceptable in cyberspace.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.

Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs
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Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the "Hack DHS" bug bounty program in which outside hackers will be paid to identify vulnerabilities in certain...

Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse
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Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse

Barbados is building its next embassy in Decentraland, an online world that is accessible to anyone with a computer and a virtual reality headset.

Microsoft, Apple Reveal Anti-Slavery Measures in Australia Law
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Microsoft, Apple Reveal Anti-Slavery Measures in Australia Law

Critics say policy would be stronger with non-compliance fines.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
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'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch
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DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch

DHL's supply-chain unit has doubled the number of robots it uses in the U.S. to about 1,500 ahead of the holidays, in addition to hiring 15,000 seasonal workers...
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