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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories
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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Shielding users' interests in topics like race, health, religion, and politics.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust
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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships...

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs
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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.

Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World
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Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Businesses are already exploring the future potential of quantum computers, and some industries anticipate big changes ahead.

Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool
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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent
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Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent

Researchers said the ransomware group Fin7 has established a counterfeit company to recruit potential technology talent.

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
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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.

Holograms on the Horizon?
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Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
From Communications of the ACM

Filtering for Beauty

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

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.
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