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People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch
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People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch

Bank of Ireland has fixed technical problems that allowed some customers to withdraw or transfer funds above what was in their accounts, it said Wednesday after...

Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy
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Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy

Researchers at NIST suggest good strategies for talking to kids about online privacy and security, from a young age through high school. 

VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers
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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Computer scientists found hackers can translate the movements of virtual and augmented reality headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence...

California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars
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California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars

After a state regulatory board ruling, San Francisco will have 24/7 robotaxis on its streets.

Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'
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Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'

Officials said construction of the "world's most sophisticated roadway" on Interstate 94 in Wayne County, MI, has begun.

Amazon Isn't Prepared for Incoming Tide of AI-Authored Books. Jane Friedman Has Proof
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Amazon Isn't Prepared for Incoming Tide of AI-Authored Books. Jane Friedman Has Proof

Book scams are proliferating in the advent of AI-generated content

Criminals Have Created Their Own ChatGPT Clones
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Criminals Have Created Their Own ChatGPT Clones

Cybercriminals are touting large language models that could help them with phishing or creating malware. But the AI chatbots could just be their own kind of scam...

Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers
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Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers

Eye-Shield uses an innovative pixelation scheme to obscure device screens when viewed from a distance, safeguarding against shoulder surfing attacks.

'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?
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'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?

It's revolutionizing building – but could AI kill off an entire profession?

'Downfall' Flaw Exposes Valuable Data in Generations of Intel Chips
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'Downfall' Flaw Exposes Valuable Data in Generations of Intel Chips

 The vulnerability could allow attackers to take advantage of an information leak to steal sensitive details like private messages, passwords, and encryption keys...

China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology
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China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules governing the use of facial recognition technology amid public concerns about its overuse.

Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars
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Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars

San Francisco officials and residents are not impressed by self-driving cars, underscoring the challenges ahead for autonomous vehicle companies.

Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed
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Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed

The U.K.'s Electoral Commission disclosed a "complex cyberattack" in which "hostile actors" accessed copies of electoral registers from August 2021.

Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI
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Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI

Zoom also said that "notwithstanding" the uses outlined in its rules, it "will not use audio, video or chat Customer Content" to train AI without consent

Tech Experts Start to Doubt ChatGPT, A.I. 'Hallucinations' Will Ever Go Away
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Tech Experts Start to Doubt ChatGPT, A.I. 'Hallucinations' Will Ever Go Away

"This isn't fixable."

Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security
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Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security

Azure looks like a house of cards collapsing under the weight of exploits and vulnerabilities.

What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?
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What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?

People have little protection or recourse when the technology creates and spreads falsehoods about them.

California Privacy Regulator's First Case: Probing Internet-Connected Cars
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California Privacy Regulator's First Case: Probing Internet-Connected Cars

Modern cars are computers filled with data, with few clear manufacturer policies on what happens to it

Asian MIT Student's Professional Headshot Turns Caucasian with AI Tool
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Asian MIT Student's Professional Headshot Turns Caucasian with AI Tool

"I definitely think it's a problem," said Rona Wang, who hopes those who make the software become aware of such biases and develop solutions to mitigate them.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations

U.S. security officials say the White House is hunting for malware purportedly concealed by China within infrastructure critical to U.S. military bases.
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