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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones
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What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones

Global semiconductor shortage attracts fraudsters, counterfeits; 'Of course, a bunch of them didn't work,' a buyer says

Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters
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Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters

Facial recognition systems increasingly are a target for fraudsters.

Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.
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Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping some startups develop another way to pollinate plants, which could increase yield compared with insects and human...

Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology
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Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology

Casual-dining chains increasingly are using technology for contactless ordering and payment, streamlining the ordering process and helping compensate for a shortage...

Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws
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Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to halt service to Hong Kong if the city's government revises its data protection laws to make the companies liable...

Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
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Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits

A lack of demand prompted Japan's SoftBank Robotics Group to cease manufacturing the Pepper humanoid robot in August 2020, the company said this week.

Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves
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Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves

Market researcher Forrester Research has revised its 2021 forecast of U.S. enterprise information technology spending growth from 6% to 7.4% over 2020 levels.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge
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Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Judge rules that Federal Trade Commission and states didn't make valid claims that Facebook engaged in unlawful monopolization.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

AI is moving from data ters to devices, making everything from phones to tractors faster and more private. These newfound smarts also come with pitfalls.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

Internet Outage Hits Major Websites
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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Hourlong disruption affected sites including The New York Times, U.K. government portal; cloud-services provider Fastly reports internal problem.

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

How to Get More Women into Technology
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How to Get More Women into Technology

Recent initiatives aimed at swelling the ranks of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) include enrichment programs, mentorships, and engagement...

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Insurer to work with tech firm Tractable to assess body-shop damage estimates.

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen
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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...
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