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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs
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Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs

Social enterprises like Circle have initiated programs to improve women's job prospects in Pakistan's information technology sector.

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers
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Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

Kotlin has been the fastest-growing programming language over the past two years, according to developer analyst SlashData.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
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Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Algorithms in the Courtroom
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Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012
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Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012

A BlackBerry research and intelligence team said five Chinese advanced persistent threat groups have long been attacking Linux servers.

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
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Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.

How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk
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How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Researchers at Google have developed a robotic dog and taught it to walk by showing it motion-capture videos of real dogs walking on treadmills. 

A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
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A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Researchers have developed a technique to study glioblastoma brain tumors using a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed framework composed of human brain cells and biomaterials...

COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)
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COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

The danger of relying on COBOL despite its obsolescence is not a new issue.

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks
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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it...

Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up
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Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up

A Cloud Native Computing Foundation survey of 1,337 managers and practitioners found that most software developer outfits are delivering weekly or faster releases...

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...

Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High
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Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High

The number of open source software vulnerabilities identified rose from 4,100 last year to 6,100 this year, according to security firm WhiteSource.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 
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