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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.


Europe's Digital Markets Act Takes a Hammer to Big Tech
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Europe's Digital Markets Act Takes a Hammer to Big Tech

The EU targets tech giants' walled gardens with aggressive new rules, but the smaller companies the DMA is meant to help are skeptical it will work.

Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare
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Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare

The maker of the lethal drone claims that it can identify targets using artificial intelligence.

A Big Bet to Kill the Password for Good
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A Big Bet to Kill the Password for Good

FIDO is looking to get to the heart of what still makes passwordless schemes tough to navigate.

Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows
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Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows

Members of the hacker gang may act in Russia's interest, but their links to the FSB and Cozy Bear hackers appear ad hoc.

How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives
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How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks were misidentified by facial recognition software. The impact cast a long shadow.

The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests
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The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The technology is spreading fast among police, and often wrong. But people charged with crimes are rarely told an algorithm came into play.

War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question
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War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.

Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks
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Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks

Cybercriminals are exploiting a fleet of more than 100,000 misconfigured servers to knock websites offline.

Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice
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Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice

The regulation of surveillance advertising used to be a fringe idea. Now it's in the State of the Union address, at least when it comes to kids.

Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras
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Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras

The company's ATAP research team is using radar to help computers respond to your movements, like turning off a TV if it senses you've dozed off.

Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage
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Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage

Ukraine is home to half of the world's neon gas, which is critical for manufacturing semiconductor chips.

The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing
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The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing

Cookies are on the way out—but not enough is being done about browser fingerprinting. So what is it?

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching
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China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching

Sweeping rules will cover algorithms that set prices, control search results, recommend videos, and filter content.

DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion
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DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion

The Google-backed firm taught a reinforcement learning algorithm to control the fiery plasma inside a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info
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Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info

The attackers exploited a known vulnerability and installed credit card skimmers on more than 500 websites.

Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More
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Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More

Apple awarded a $100,500 bug bounty to the researcher who discovered the latest major vulnerability in its browser.

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?
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When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.

The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'
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See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'

The bizarre robots look like cobbled-together Tetris pieces. A new system "evolves" them to run, climb, and throw stuff better.
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