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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Digital Mental Health Interventions for Young People Are Perceived Promising, But Are They Effective?
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Digital Mental Health Interventions for Young People Are Perceived Promising, But Are They Effective?

A study of digital mental health interventions for adolescents and young people found mixed results when it comes to their effectiveness.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks
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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations...

Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?
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Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?

Researchers have demonstrated a novel belief propagation algorithm to solve probabilistic models on networks containing short loops.

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases
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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape
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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
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Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

Reimagining Contact
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Reimagining Contact

Covid-19, which challenges how we interact with one another, is accelerating the development of touchless technologies.
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