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Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture
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Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture

More than 1,300 volunteers are working to preserve Ukraine's digital culture.

Meet Geoffrey, the Pink Robot with Heart-Shaped Eyes that Delivers Coffee in Charlotte
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Meet Geoffrey, the Pink Robot with Heart-Shaped Eyes that Delivers Coffee in Charlotte

Toronto, Canada-based robotics company Tiny Mile deployed the first of its "Geoffrey" delivery robots in the U.S. as part of a two-month test in Charlotte, NC. ...

Facial Recognition Goes to War
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Facial Recognition Goes to War

Hoan Ton-That enlisted his facial recognition company Clearview AI in Russia’s war on Ukraine by tapping its technology to help bring some clarity to the conflict...

Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging
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Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging

Researchers have identified a method for attacking the Combined Charging System and interrupting electric vehicle charging sessions.

AI Could Help Night Vision Cameras See Color in the Dark
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AI Could Help Night Vision Cameras See Color in the Dark

Could an AI algorithm better predict colors in an image from a night vision camera that uses multiple wavelengths of infrared light?

New Federal IT Dashboard Falls Short of Its Aims
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New Federal IT Dashboard Falls Short of Its Aims

Unfortunately, it does not appear GSA designed the new dashboard for all users, but rather seems to have tailored it to OMB or GSA staff engaged in monitoring and...

Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices
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Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices

The apps took users' precise location, email, phone numbers, and more, researchers said.

Google Using AI to Update Business Hours on Google Maps
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Google Using AI to Update Business Hours on Google Maps

The predictions are run by humans along the way.

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System
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Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.

Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv
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Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv

A Russian armored convey headed toward Kyiv was halted by night ambushes by Ukrainian special forces and drone operators who are part of an air reconnaissance unit...

Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users
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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users

Apple recently released patches for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by an anonymous researcher that affect the operating systems of iPhones, iPads...

U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military
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U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military

U.S. officials worked with law enforcement in the U.K., and network security company WatchGuard, to analyze the malware and develop detection and remediation tools...

Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks
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Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks

According to Slovak security firm ESET, the malicious apps are tied to websites spoofing legitimate services in Malaysia, including six clearing services and a...

First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties
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First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties

Offering rewards for the identification of bias in algorithms.

Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation
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Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation

The image-focused social network says it will take down content that distorts or denies facts of climate crisis.

You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way
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You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography
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Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography

The existence of secure cryptography depends on one of the oldest questions in computational complexity.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show.

Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?
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Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers' intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers
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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies...
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