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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.


Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests
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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Data was used to enable harassment, may aid financial fraud.

Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom
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Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom

High prices have pushed some toward collective ownership, but the future of virtual properties is uncertain.

Estimating the Pace of Change
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Estimating the Pace of Change

An international research team has developed a new method for determining the pace of change.

Researchers Protect Solar Technologies from Cyberattack
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Researchers Protect Solar Technologies from Cyberattack

University of Georgia researchers unveiled a sensor system that watches power electronic converters at solar energy farms for signs of cyberattack in real time....

Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users
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Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users

A proof-of-concept "browser in the browser" exploit could phish passwords using a malicious site that does not contain suspicious domains or substitute letters....

A Robot Small Enough to Explore the Lungs
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A Robot Small Enough to Explore the Lungs

A new magnetic tentacle robot is tiny enough to take tissue samples from the lung's smallest bronchial vessels, or to deliver cancer therapy.

Starfall: Finding a Meteorite with Drones and AI
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Starfall: Finding a Meteorite with Drones and AI

Neural network used to spot a space rock in the Australian outback.

Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?
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Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?

Electric vehicle Charging Station Management Systems need greater focus on security.

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....

Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors
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Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors

Researchers have developed robotized insects that could be used to search for survivors in collapsed buildings.

A Tool for Predicting the Future
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A Tool for Predicting the Future

A group of researchers has developed a system that allows nonexperts to generate predictions in just a few seconds.

Study Finds Parents' Social Media Use Associated with Parenting Style
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Study Finds Parents' Social Media Use Associated with Parenting Style

Researchers found a link between parents’ social media use and their parenting styles.

Making Quantum Circuits More Robust
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Making Quantum Circuits More Robust

A team led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a framework to make quantum circuits more resilient to noise.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.

The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot
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The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot

Researchers built a ground vehicle that may be operated in autonomous or remote-controlled modes to study hundreds of Emperor penguins in Antarctica.

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

Can AI Learn to Forget?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Learn to Forget?

Specialized techniques may make it possible to induce selective 'amnesia' in machine learning models.

Technology's Impact on Morality
From Communications of the ACM

Technology's Impact on Morality

Leading technologists and thinkers are concerned about technology's impact on our ethical thinking.

Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery
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Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery

An international security conference explored how artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery could be misused for de novo design of biochemical weapons...

Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds
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Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds

University of Washington researchers have developed a tiny battery-free device that can be blown by wind currents, like dandelion seeds.
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