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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.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live
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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics
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Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics

Computer scientists developed a deep learning model capable of identifying diseases from medical scans quickly and more accurately.

F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department
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F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers' computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS
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Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS

The next version of iPhone operating software will have improved privacy features, Apple says.

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

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.  

RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs
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RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs

It's time to pull this discussion into the modern era and consider what the implications of this "RISC vs. CISC" comparison are for the ARM and x86 CPUs actually...

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch
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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

A commercial smartwatch's green light-emitting diode can trigger an implanted molecular switch to regulate insulin production, thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich...

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...
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