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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine
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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have spent the past five years working to upgrade to the large hadron collider, the largest particle...

Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips
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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last...

As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector
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As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

Cybersecurity firm Check Point found a 45% increase in cyberattacks against the global healthcare sector since November, versus a 22% uptick against all worldwide...

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures
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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers...

Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration
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Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Software engineer Tillie Kottmann said Nissan North America's misconfiguration of a Bitbucket Git server led to the online leakage of the automaker’s source code...

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access...

Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology
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Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that open source software developer David Recordon will serve as the White House Director of Technology.

10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead
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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology...

Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization
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Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization

A Harvard Business Review study of organizations found "a growing divide between teams with ready access to automation and AI tools and teams without."

Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase
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Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center has published guidance for farmers to help guard against cyberattacks.

MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines
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MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and others in Phase III clinical trials may not be as effective in people of Black or Asian genetic ancestry...

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round
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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.
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