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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?
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Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?

A new algorithm could eventually enable everyday wearables to alert users to potentially fatal changes in heart rhythm.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped
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You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in the U.S. and China who think others are being deceived by online misinformation on COVID-19 are more likely to back corporate and political countermeasures...

IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative
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IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative

A five-year, $297.5-million partnership between IBM and the U.K. government will research quantum computing and artificial intelligence in the quest for sustainable...

A Blueprint for Designing, Synthesizing Multifunctional Materials
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A Blueprint for Designing, Synthesizing Multifunctional Materials

Nanocrystal combinations can yield new multifunctional materials through an inverse design blueprint.

AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation
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AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation

The Reconnaissance of Influence Operations program was developed to identify disinformation narratives and the individuals spreading them via social media.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ramp up semiconductor production and development of advanced technology amid intensifying global competition, especially from...

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility
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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility

The complaint alleges Google's "self-preferencing Results-page architecture" resulted in nearly two-thirds of Google searches in 2020 being completed without users...

Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain
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Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain

Scientists used computer simulations of the brain to predict the extent to which bilingual Hispanic stroke survivors will recover language skills.

Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation
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Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation

Refined control over artificial intelligence-driven conditional image generation has potential for use in fields ranging from autonomous robotics to AI training...

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.

Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones
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Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

A new study found using drones and artificial intelligence to monitor seabird colonies can less expensive, labor-intensive, and error-prone than on-the-ground surveillance...

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Internet Outage Hits Major Websites
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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Hourlong disruption affected sites including The New York Times, U.K. government portal; cloud-services provider Fastly reports internal problem.

The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.
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The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.

Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages. Hundreds of arrests were made...

Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event
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Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Don't expect any significant updates in new Windows 10 preview builds for the next few weeks. It's all about testing the servicing pipeline with new cumulative...

Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices
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Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Brown University bioengineers have developed an algorithm that could clear a path to more adaptive deep brain stimulation technology.
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