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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch
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Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch

A study of 164 government-endorsed education technology products found 146 endangered children's privacy by collecting and selling their data to ad tech companies...

Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield
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Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield

A programmer behind the popular open-source npm program node-ipc poisoned it with malware that erased the hard drives of computers located in Russia or Belarus....

UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems
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UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems

An approach that uses hours of video and elements of reinforcement learning can guide a robot vehicle almost two miles without a full map of the surroundings.

Brazilian Academics Create Automated Fake News Detection Platform
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Brazilian Academics Create Automated Fake News Detection Platform

A team of researchers has developed a Web platform that can automatically detect fake online news.

EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms
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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms

New research warns 80% of the European Union's top pharmaceutical companies are "critically exposed" to cyberattack due to poor security postures.

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection
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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.

More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines
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More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines

Australia's New South Wales will spend AU$21.4 million (US$15.4 million) to expand its shark management program with drones, drumlines, and beach-monitoring stations...

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners
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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab
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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies...

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art
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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.

Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber
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Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

New defense plans for the next decade come with a strong focus on new technologies, pitching leaner but more effective armed forces.

Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement
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Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement

Singapore intends to utilize more cameras and technology to support law enforcement and first responders.

New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass
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New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass

IBM and New York State have initiated testing of their forthcoming blockchain-based Covid-19 digital health pass, Excelsior Pass.

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
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Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

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...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...
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