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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important
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Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important

Microsoft India group head and director of government affairs Ashutosh Chadha said cybercrime costs economies more than $6 trillion (Rs. 4.6 crore crore) each year...

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
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AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
From ACM News

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement
From ACM News

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement

n addition to the $150 million penalty, Twitter agreed to notify users that it misused the security data.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions
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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions

Researchers vetted the security of blockchain software's distributed ledger technologies for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It
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What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to read out signals from a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) using laser light, without destroying it.

The Open Secret of Google Search
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The Open Secret of Google Search

One of the most-used tools on the Internet is not what it used to be.

Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'
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Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'

The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition...

Hybrid Work Meetings Are Hell. Tech Is Trying to Fix Them
From ACM TechNews

Hybrid Work Meetings Are Hell. Tech Is Trying to Fix Them

Technology companies are rolling out new options for hybrid meetings.
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