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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis
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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis

A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
From ACM TechNews

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System
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FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System

ROS 2 offers a method for offloading robotic tasks to a remote server, using a cloud computing platform like Amazon Web Services.

Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human
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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms
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Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

The Ninth Circuit's decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers, and journalists who use tools to collect, or scrape, information that is publicly...

Europe Says Yes to Messaging Interoperability As It Agrees on Major New Regime for Big Tech
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Europe Says Yes to Messaging Interoperability As It Agrees on Major New Regime for Big Tech

The regulation has been years in the making and is set to usher in a radically different ex ante regime for the most powerful tech platforms

Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together
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Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together

Stanford University scientists engineered virtual artificial intelligences performing tasks in simulated environments to mimic the evolution of mind and body.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live
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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
From ACM TechNews

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain
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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant...

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
From ACM TechNews

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
From ACM TechNews

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook engineers have accelerated the training of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by eliminating laggards. 

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix
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Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix

Technology developer Waymo and ride-hailing company Lyft have partnered to deploy driverless vehicles for Lyft's robotaxi service in Phoenix, AZ.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
From ACM TechNews

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.

Ibm and Mit Partner ­p to Create AI That ­nderstands Sight and Sound the Way We Do
From ACM TechNews

Ibm and Mit Partner ­p to Create AI That ­nderstands Sight and Sound the Way We Do

The new IBM-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Brain-inspired Multimedia Machine Comprehension will research computer vision and audition.  
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