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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV
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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV

Researchers in the Shadytel telecommunications and embedded device hacking group used a decommissioned Canadian satellite to broadcast a livestream to the Northern...

'We Became Like a Big Startup.' How Kyiv Adapted Tech to Save Lives
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'We Became Like a Big Startup.' How Kyiv Adapted Tech to Save Lives

Kyiv city officials have been working to adapt and repurpose the Ukrainian capital's technology amid the war with Russia.

Study Reveals Why Facebook Ads Can Miss Target
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Study Reveals Why Facebook Ads Can Miss Target

North Carolina State University researchers have determined that Facebook's targeted advertising algorithm does not account for the context of users' activities...

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

State Department Launches Cyber Bureau
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State Department Launches Cyber Bureau

The newly-minted office starts its work as U.S. and world leaders fret about cyberattacks spilling out of Russia's unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder
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Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder

A stake of less than 10% in a company is considered "passive" by Wall Street, but it could signal an effort by Musk to take a more active role in how Twitter is...

Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco
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Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco

Waymo has deployed fully driverless cars onto the streets of San Francisco to provide free rides to its employees.

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?
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Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?

The opportunities seem endless. The reality is much more complicated.

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

A growing number of new products allow anyone to apply artificial intelligence without having to write a line of computer code. Proponents believe the "no-code"...

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending
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Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

To help combat discrimination in mortgage lending, a new process can remove bias from the data used to train machine learning models.

Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table
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Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table

Group is trying to define what is acceptable in cyberspace.

Artificial Neurons Go Quantum with Photonic Circuits
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Artificial Neurons Go Quantum with Photonic Circuits

Researchers demonstrated a quantum memristor on an integrated quantum processor operating on single photons in an effort to link artificial intelligence and quantum...

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.

Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution
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Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution

HP issued security advisories for three critical-severity vulnerabilities impacting its LaserJet Pro, Pagewide Pro, OfficeJet, Enterprise, Large Format, and DeskJet...

UPS Expands Deal with Google Cloud to Prepare for Surge in Data
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UPS Expands Deal with Google Cloud to Prepare for Surge in Data

United Parcel Service has expanded its deal with Google Cloud, which will involve greater network, storage, and computing capacity.

Europeans Wary of New Digital Identity
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Europeans Wary of New Digital Identity

Rollout of European Digital Identity sparks Big Brother-type fears.

Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says
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Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did...
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