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Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report
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Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report

Access Now noted the biggest offender was India, which shut down its Internet in sections of the country at least 106 times. This is the fourth consecutive year...

Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document
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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document

"We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data," Facebook engineers say in leaked document.

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds
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Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.

Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform

The attack, which lasted less than 15 seconds, was launched from a botnet of approximately 6,000 unique bots and originated from 112 countries around the world....

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net
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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

Raising Robovoices
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Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.
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