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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.


Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings
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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings

The munchable machine could be used in rescue missions.

Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States
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Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States

The company will change its location tracking disclosures in 2023.

Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes
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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.

Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers
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Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers

The White House credits the Act for spurring more than $44 billion in new manufacturing plans. But rebuilding the U.S. semiconductor industry will take years.

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise
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New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

The work was notable because Quantinuum's error correction technology keeps logical qubits stable longer than conventional qubits.

Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink
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Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink

Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain in the world, is transitioning to proof of stake. That sentence may not make sense to you, but it's a huge deal.

The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon
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The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon

Aurora, Waymo, TuSimple and Torc are among the leaders in an industry that could pass self-driving cars.

White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse
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White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse

Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings...

Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision
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Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision

Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute have developed a soft touch sensing gripper that helps robots determine the right amount of force to grip and help...

Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum
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Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum

Investors keen on quantum computing can expect the Honeywell-Cambridge Quantum merger to produce a new publicly traded company within a year.

Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage
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Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage

The social network's services, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, were offline for about six hours on Monday.

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup
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Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

Quic has been in public development for nearly eight years.

William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

For now...

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project
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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.
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