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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.


Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.
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Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

If you are trying to grasp Bitcoin and understand what China's digital yuan means, America's Federal Reserve is right there with you.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape
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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.

Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code
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Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs.

Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?
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Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?

A professional social network surveyed users at technology firms in five U.S. cities to determine which cities they think treat tech workers best.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities
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Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said hackers had infiltrated federal agencies and other critical organizations.

AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say
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AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say

Researchers have released the most accurate estimates to date for the carbon footprint of large artificial intelligence systems.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.

A Satisfying Result
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A Satisfying Result

Formulating a decades-old geometric conjecture as a satisfiability problem opened the door to its final resolution.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry
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A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry

Almost every carmaker has had to curtail production, hampering the economic recovery.

Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker
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Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer models created by researchers suggest the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex had a slow walking speed.  

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time
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Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time

To reduce illicit use of three-dimensional printers, researchers devised a method to accurately identify each machine’s unique "fingerprint."

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.
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