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Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says
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Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says

Meat processing plants operated by JBS, which handles a fifth of the cattle and hog slaughter in the U.S., were coming back online on Wednesday but were not all...

The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge
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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency's computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion...

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.
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Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

How to Get More Women into Technology
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How to Get More Women into Technology

Recent initiatives aimed at swelling the ranks of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) include enrichment programs, mentorships, and engagement...

What Could Possibly Go Wrong with VR?
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong with VR?

Researchers hope to inform design and experiential improvements to virtual reality technology by analyzing YouTube videos of accidents that occur while using the...

Tesla Activates In-Car Camera to Monitor Drivers Using Autopilot
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Tesla Activates In-Car Camera to Monitor Drivers Using Autopilot

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has turned the in-car camera in its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles into a monitor for when its Autopilot advanced driver assistance...

Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips
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Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips

An electronic platform can read facial cues and vocal patterns and integrate readings from smartwatch sensors to detect psychological stress, according to Texas...

Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup
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Quic Gives the Internet's Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

Quic has been in public development for nearly eight years.

Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw
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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.

Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack
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Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack

The breach is the latest targeting a crucial supply chain, and comes three weeks after the Colonial Pipeline hack disrupted fuel operations in the U.S.

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Insurer to work with tech firm Tractable to assess body-shop damage estimates.

Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
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Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist

While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it's fun.

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Facebook Takes on Superspreaders
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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders

Internet companies are making it harder for those with big followings to spread misinformation. Finally!

More Than Half of Europeans Want to Replace Lawmakers with AI, Study Says
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More Than Half of Europeans Want to Replace Lawmakers with AI, Study Says

Most Europeans would prefer artificial intelligence replace some lawmakers, according to a study by researchers at IE University's Center for the Governance of...

Changing How Data is Used
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Changing How Data is Used

Federated AI Learning promises to reshape data security, privacy.

Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates
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Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

Florida has become the first state to fine social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for banning political candidates from the platforms for more...

Columbia Engineering Team Builds First Hacker-Resistant Cloud Software System
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Columbia Engineering Team Builds First Hacker-Resistant Cloud Software System

Columbia Engineering researchers who developed SeKVM, the first formally verified cloud computing software system, hope it will foster a new generation of cyber...

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...
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