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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All
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Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All

A new report found that the hardest and perhaps most promising work of deep learning may lie in the realm of robotics,

The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success
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AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success

Artificial intelligence has achieved record high scores on videogames played on classic Atari consoles, by recalling previous successes.

China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency
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China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency

China is forging ahead with a national digital currency called the electronic Chinese yuan (eCNY).

Quantum Internet Closer to Reality, Thanks to This Switch
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Quantum Internet Closer to Reality, Thanks to This Switch

Engineers have overcome an obstacle to the development of a quantum Internet with a programmable switch.

Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'
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Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'

The Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index estimated the electricity used to mine bitcoins last year equaled the annual carbon footprint of Argentina. ...

Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste
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Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste

Japanese firms are accelerating the use of advanced technology to combat food waste and reduce costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship
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AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship

The decision followed days of questions about whether the conference would continue its relationship with Google following the company's treatment of Ethical AI...

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a global chip shortage with an executive order that aims to strengthen supply chains.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?
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Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?

Considering the outlook for multi-factor authentication applications.

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM
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Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM

New IBM research revealed that developers with skills in creating open-source cloud technologies are more likely than other job candidates to receive a call-back...

Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC
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Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence model that can predict tsunami flooding in real time with high spatial resolution.  
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