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What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
From ACM News

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business
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Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business

Detroit's two biggest car companies are looking to align with computer chip makers to develop and potentially manufacture chips.

IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years
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IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years

IBM said new techniques for building the chip eventually will produce more qubits, when combined with advances in the quantum computer's refrigeration and control...

Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
From ACM TechNews

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

'Hooking' Online Shoppers Is About More Than Popularity
From ACM TechNews

'Hooking' Online Shoppers Is About More Than Popularity

New algorithms were designed to better engage online shoppers by ranking items using a combination of popularity and variety.

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
From ACM News

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Visions of a U.S. Computer Chip Boom Have Cities Hustling
From ACM News

Visions of a U.S. Computer Chip Boom Have Cities Hustling

Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy.

Defense Department Issuing AI Ethics Guidelines for Tech Contractors
From ACM News

Defense Department Issuing AI Ethics Guidelines for Tech Contractors

The controversy over Project Maven shows the department has a serious trust problem. This is an attempt to fix that.

Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program
From ACM News

Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program

Apple noted the program is "intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices."

Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences

Stanford University researchers have combined optics and artificial intelligence to improve holographic displays for virtual and augmented reality experiences. ...

'Logic Gate' Paves Way for Nanoscale Computers To Treat Cancer and Other Diseases
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'Logic Gate' Paves Way for Nanoscale Computers To Treat Cancer and Other Diseases

The team's logic gate comprised two sensor domains designed to respond to two inputs—light and the drug rapamycin.

Top 200 Most Common Passwords
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Top 200 Most Common Passwords

The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with independent researchers specializing in research of cybersecurity incidents. They evaluated a 4TB database...

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper
From ACM News

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper

Rice University hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
From ACM News

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
From ACM TechNews

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
From ACM TechNews

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...
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