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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School
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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure...

At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining
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At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining

The Crypto Kids Camp hosted five days of activities in Los Angeles to familiarize 26 children ages five to 17 with money and cryptocurrency.

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law
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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

The court said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not cover people who "have improper motives for obtaining the information that is otherwise available to them...

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis
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Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data stored in an automobile's onboard computers to solve crimes.

Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates
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Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates

Officials in Jackson, MS, are expanding police surveillance by permitting live feeds from private security cameras to be sent to the city's real-time command center...

Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters
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Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters

Cybersecurity company Trustwave says it discovered a hacker selling personally identifying information on 245 million Americans, including voter registration data...

In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life
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In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life

Singaporeans will be able to access government and other services through a facial recognition feature in its SingPass national identity program.

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students
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Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students

The Trump administration may suspend OPT, a program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get 1 or 2 years of occupational training after their educations...

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect
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Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

A man convicted for murder is on track to have his conviction overturned, thanks to an algorithm that reanalyzed DNA and pointed to a new suspect. 

Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality
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Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality

Macerich, one of the largest mall operators in the U.S., is offering "Santa HQ 5.0" at 15 of its malls across the country.

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'
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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.

Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent
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Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent

Legal experts warn people's online photos are being used without permission to power facial-recognition technology that could eventually be used for surveillance...

New Solar Flare Simulation Reveals Dazzling Beauty of Dangerous Eruptions
From ACM TechNews

New Solar Flare Simulation Reveals Dazzling Beauty of Dangerous Eruptions

Researchers for the first time have modeled the complete life cycle of solar flares.
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