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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey
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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

In a JumpCloud survey of IT decision-makers at small and medium-sized enterprises, 56% think their organizations are spending too much to enable remote work.

Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants
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Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants

The Fed is expected to release a paper on the potential for a digital currency this summer.

Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge
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Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Judge rules that Federal Trade Commission and states didn't make valid claims that Facebook engaged in unlawful monopolization.

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity
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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.

Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread
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Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread

The results of a study indicated that banning people who espouse extreme views from YouTube shrinks their audience.

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses
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Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

A new tactile sensing carpet assembled from pressure-sensitive film and conductive thread is able to calculate human poses without cameras.

NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone
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NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone

An Android app can exploit flaws in near-field communication systems, enabling ATMs and a variety of point-of-sale terminals to be hacked.

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols
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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

AI is moving from data ters to devices, making everything from phones to tractors faster and more private. These newfound smarts also come with pitfalls.

Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?
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Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?

Faced with so much new music, major labels are using algorithms to hunt down tomorrow's hits. Is this great news for rising stars – or the recipe for a bland new...

ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions
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ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

New process- or knowledge-guided machine learning techniques can predict flow and temperature in river networks more accurately even when data is scarce.

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report
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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think
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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.

GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base
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GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base

A cyberattack may have been involved in a naval confrontation this week between Russia and a British warship in the Black Sea that never really happened.

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI
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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."

NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

NASA may have to resort to the backup system.

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

A More Robust Memory Device for AI Systems
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A More Robust Memory Device for AI Systems

Artificial intelligence systems could be strengthened by a new magnetic memory device.

Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer
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Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has unveiled the largest supercomputer in Latin America, with 200 terabytes of RAM and a 100Gbps network.
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