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Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You
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Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You

By releasing its homegrown differential privacy tool, Google will make it easier for any company to boost its privacy bona fides.

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69
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Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69

In the early 1990s, Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the internet.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?
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Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks...

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
From ACM TechNews

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.

AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings
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AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive devices into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns....

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking
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Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the...

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative
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Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Advancing to Digital 2.0 can help the modern company anticipate the needs of the customer.

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry
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3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry

Researchers have gained new insights into human evolution via digital reconstruction of 3.8-million-year-old fossilized cranium fragments of a hominid from Ethiopia...

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills
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Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories...

Developing Embedded Systems Faster
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Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Researchers in a consortium of eight partners from six EU countries have created a platform that makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing...

French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System
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French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.

Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify
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Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify

Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to gain a better understanding of what happens within a hurricane during periods...

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure
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Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Today, Unix powers iOS and Android—its legend begins with a gator and a trio of researchers.

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules
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Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways...

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.
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People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects...

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors
From ACM TechNews

AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors

Researchers used state-of-the-art natural language processing to learn how the language employed by crisis counselors systematically changes over time

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now
From ACM TechNews

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now

More than 140,000 advertisements for IT jobs were listed in the U.K. in the second quarter of this year, 13% fewer than were listed in the first quarter
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