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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China
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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers...

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time
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As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

The presidential election is long past, but online attacks aimed at shaping the U.S. information environment have kept right on coming.

In Wake of Shootings, Facebook Struggles to Define Hate Speech
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In Wake of Shootings, Facebook Struggles to Define Hate Speech

In the wake of last week's shootings, Facebook has seen a significant spike in flagged content, with users calling out each other's posts as racist, violent and...

Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries
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Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries

If you've ever run a business, whether it's an ice cream shop or a Fortune 500 company, then you've probably kept a ledger.

Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It
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Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It

When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Iraq for a surprise visit this week, he came armed with this news: More than 200 additional U.S. troops are headed...

Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones
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Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones

Clear Channel Outdoor—one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.—is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world...

In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding
From ACM News

In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding

The Justice Department wants Apple to write special software to help it break into the iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terrorists.

What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?
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What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?

After the recent attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and...

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
From ACM Opinion

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans...

After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge
From ACM Careers

After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency would love to have working for it.

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons
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New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone
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Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat
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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat

A growing number of companies are under pressure to protect sensitive data—and not just from hackers lurking outside the digital walls.

What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors
From ACM News

What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

The U.S. needs more cyber warriors, and it needs them fast, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.
From ACM News

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack
From ACM Opinion

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...
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