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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.


The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse
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The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they're building will be a far cry from Meta's virtual world.

Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists are monitoring Italy’s Mount Etna through fiber-optic cables, using distributed acoustic sensing to detect seismic signals that conventional sensors...

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.

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.

Is Firefox Okay?
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Is Firefox Okay?

Mozilla's privacy-heavy browser is flatlining. What it does next is crucial for the future of the web.

New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution
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New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

Some animals and plants are rapidly adapting to our warming, polluted world. How alarming that is depends on your perspective.

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions
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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker
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OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.

Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed
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Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a software development kit affecting more than 83 million smart devices.
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