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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021
From ACM News

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.

Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers
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Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Hackers can exploit the Telegram messenger application employed in Android devices and iPhones to pinpoint users' precise locations.

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access...

Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation
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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons with fidelity greater than 90%, paving the way...

A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups
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A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups

Using teletherapy, metrics, and matching algorithms, entrepreneurs are focusing on addressing aspects of the mental health care system that they view as broken....

Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Datacenters
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Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Datacenters

Developers and investors see more opportunities in commercial real estate as businesses and consumers gobble up more data.

Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back
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Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back

Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft are partnering to stop Kazakhstan'€™s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic between citizens and...

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The University of Pittsburgh recently received an $8-million+ National Institutes of Health grant to develop brain-computer interfaces.

iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say
From ACM TechNews

iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say

Researchers said spyware sold by Israel's NSO Group incorporated a zero-click zero-day exploit that could commandeer iPhones via a flaw in iMessage.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
From Communications of the ACM

Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation
From ACM TechNews

Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation

Princeton University researchers have invented a programmable "metasurface" that lets engineers control and focus incoming terahertz waves.

AI Can Predict Twitter Users Likely to Spread Disinformation Before They Do It
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AI Can Predict Twitter Users Likely to Spread Disinformation Before They Do It

Artificial intelligence predicted the likelihood of Twitter users spreading disinformation, using natural language processing techniques to analyze about 1 million...

Vaccinated? Show Us Your App
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Vaccinated? Show Us Your App

Recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine may eventually be given digital health credentials in order to travel, go to work or school, visit entertainment venues, and...

Norman Abramson, Pioneer Behind Wireless Networks, Dies at 88
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Norman Abramson, Pioneer Behind Wireless Networks, Dies at 88

His ALOHAnet, designed a half-century ago in Hawaii, was a precursor to the technology used in today's smartphones and home WiFi networks.

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Claims target social-media giant's past acquisitions, tactics against competitors.

Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us

Ordinary online users are being conscripted by Silicon Valley technology companies to produce three-dimensional digital maps of the world.
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