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Facebook Whistleblower Documents Offer New Revelations about Jan. 6 Response
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Facebook Whistleblower Documents Offer New Revelations about Jan. 6 Response

A congressional staffer provided the redacted documents to news outlets.

Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets
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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets

Researchers at Twitter found that the social media platform amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources...

Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis
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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain
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Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain

A machine learning model can train itself to smell by building an artificial neural network that mimics the brain's odor-processing olfactory circuits.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.

Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes
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Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

A former head of State Department programs on Internet freedom said, "Russia's censorship model can quickly and easily be replicated by other authoritarian governments...

A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware
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A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware

A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals' mistakes to quietly help victims recover...

Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation
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Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy operations it had conducted around the world....

Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source
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Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source

ControlFlag can automatically detect anomalies in software code - and it could spare developers hours of tedious work.

Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report
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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report

REvil was hacked and forced offline this week in a multiple-country effort, according to Reuters.

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data
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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
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Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

The Fickleness of Fame
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The Fickleness of Fame

Scientists tracked media mentions of people who died between 2009 and 2014 to gauge how long recently deceased public figures remain in collective memory.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China
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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

The rule is not intended to keep American researchers from working with colleagues overseas to find software flaws.

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips
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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing
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Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.
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