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Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?
From ACM TechNews

Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

Numerous apps and technology companies are emerging in the "femtech" industry to address women's biological needs.

Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. ...

'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing
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'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing

Nearly a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force took up a plan to replace words that could be considered racist, the debate is still raging.

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.
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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

Clearing hurdles to fast Internet for all.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft
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What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft

How can we believe that technology will help solve big problems if Uber's great promise didn't pan out?

Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks
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Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks

Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho developed many of the fundamental concepts that researchers use when they build new software.

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week
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Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week

It plans to remove restrictions only once the virus acts "more like an endemic virus such as the seasonal flu," an executive wrote.

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast
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Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Many restaurants expect digital ordering and drive-throughs to remain key business channels, and some are testing artificial intelligence to predict and suggest...

Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers
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Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers

Amazon Live is a prominent example of how interactive video shopping, popularized by TV networks like QVC, has moved online.

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks
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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership...

Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups
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Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups

Persistent flaws in software for setting up COVID-19 vaccination appointments online threaten to slow the U.S. vaccine rollout.

Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter
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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes
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Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes

A tool that allows old photographs to be animated, and viral videos of a Tom Cruise impersonation, shined new light on digital impersonations.

A.I. Here, There, Everywhere
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A.I. Here, There, Everywhere

Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized.

The Robots Are Coming for Phil in Accounting
From ACM TechNews

The Robots Are Coming for Phil in Accounting

Many U.S. companies are adopting software to perform tasks that previously involved teams of employees, and white-collar workers are concerned.
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