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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
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State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity...

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent
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Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent

Researchers said the ransomware group Fin7 has established a counterfeit company to recruit potential technology talent.

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users
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Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Board set up by Facebook rebukes company after Wall Street Journal investigation into treatment of high-profile users.

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
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Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head
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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
From ACM TechNews

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud
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Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud

Major cloud computing companies are competing to hire engineers, squeezing out others as the pandemic has driven up demand for an already scarce workforce.

Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots
From ACM TechNews

Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots

International Data Corp. predicts the insurance industry will spend approximately $602 million globally on robotic systems, including drones, this year.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
From ACM TechNews

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off....

For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar
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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar

Radar is one of the most popular new technologies for next-generation auto safety systems.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords
From ACM TechNews

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult...
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