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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
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FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.

DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders
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DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

DeepMind's AlphaCode model performed well against human coders in a programming competition.

Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future
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Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future

Lego is offering visitors to the Minifigure Factory experience at the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the chance to buy a limited-edition 3D-printed plastic duck...

Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force
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Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force

LeviPrint system can assemble elongated objects into large structures without physical contact.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records
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Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records

Reno, NV, has launched a blockchain-based program for storing records in order to improve "clarity and transparency" in record-keeping.

The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia
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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia

The components may play a pivotal role in upcoming efforts to sanction the invading country, but it is unclear if those efforts will actually work.

Scientists Created a Cyborg Fish Powered by Beating Human Heart Cells
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Scientists Created a Cyborg Fish Powered by Beating Human Heart Cells

The fish's design features a flexible tail that's covered in a layer of heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes derived from stem cells) on each side.
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