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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit
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Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

Joint Quantum Institute scientists have developed a quantum information transfer protocol that reaches theoretical speed limits for some quantum operations.

Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers
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Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Analysts have identified flaws in the application programming interfaces of six home electric vehicle (EV) charging brands, as well as the Chargepoint public EV...

Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech
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Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

Computer scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) say they have developed a method for circumventing a large number of facial recognition systems.

Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out
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Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out

Rare earth magnet recycling is about much more than sustainable datacenters.

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot
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Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot

Unlike other Olympic employees who clearly have been instructed to blend into the background of the events with which they're assisting, you command the spotlight...

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.

U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks
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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.

Chip Shortage Might Turn Into Market Saturation, Analysts Worry
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Chip Shortage Might Turn Into Market Saturation, Analysts Worry

Chip manufacturers might have invested too heavily in increasing their capacity, which could lead to an overcapacity over time.

Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment
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Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment

A team of researchers used a novel machine learning algorithm to help scientists better understand the chemistry of streams and their environmental impact.

NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk
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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial...

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future
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Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future

A kitchen robot has been preparing fast food at the Roboeatz cafe in Riga, Latvia, while diners watch since January 2018.

Running Quantum Software on a Classical Computer
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Running Quantum Software on a Classical Computer

Researchers have developed a method for using a traditional computer to simulate the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA).

Predicting Preterm Birth
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Predicting Preterm Birth

Can machine learning provide advance notice of an extreme preterm birth, in sufficient time to implement a therapeutic intervention?

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment
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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Researchers in Denmark tried a new approach to training artificial intelligence: hiring people full-time to review and label posts for training, instead of relying...

 Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.
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Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.

Moscow is 'out on its own' as other nations seek to prevent autonomous weapons making their own decisions and 'deciding who lives or dies'.

Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread
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Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread

Programmer community Stack Overflow's 2021 survey of 83,439 software developers in 181 countries found the vast majority (86.69%) named Mozilla's Rust their "most...
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