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'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.

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.

Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo
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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

Google's 'CEO' Image Search Gender Bias Hasn't Really Been Fixed
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Google's 'CEO' Image Search Gender Bias Hasn't Really Been Fixed

University of Washington researchers have disproved Google's claims it corrected gender biases for certain job terms in its image search.

Is Firefox Okay?
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Is Firefox Okay?

Mozilla's privacy-heavy browser is flatlining. What it does next is crucial for the future of the web.

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

Solving for Why
From Communications of the ACM

Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Trouble at the Source
From Communications of the ACM

Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says
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Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says

Researchers at Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Russia's Ural Federal University found search engines often return inaccurate health information...

AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Research by neuroscientists suggests the latest predictive language models' underlying mechanism functions similarly to the human brain's language-processing centers...

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
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Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Pennsylvania State University scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents.  

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess
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How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google's chief Internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can't always tell good information from bad.

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.
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