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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.


Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up
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Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

The Digital Services Act will extract more new information from the young app than from older platforms like Facebook.

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive
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How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive

By combining two processors into one, the company has squeezed a surprising amount of performance out of silicon.

The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared
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The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared

The proposal would stop the biggest platforms from giving themselves an advantage over the little guys. Who's afraid of a little competition?

Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code
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Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code

The venerable (and yes, super dull) piece of officeware is getting reinvented as a tool for non-coders to automate and simplify their lives.

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System
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Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine
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Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine

The biggest hack since Russia's war began knocked thousands of people offline. The spillover extends deep into Europe.

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.

The Workaday Life of the World's Most Dangerous Ransomware Gang
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The Workaday Life of the World's Most Dangerous Ransomware Gang

A Ukrainian researcher leaked 60,000 messages from inside Conti. Here's what they reveal.

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.

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.

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?
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