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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets
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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets

Researchers at Twitter found that the social media platform amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources...

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
From Communications of the ACM

Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
From Communications of the ACM

Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data
From ACM News

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users
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Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Board set up by Facebook rebukes company after Wall Street Journal investigation into treatment of high-profile users.

Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know
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Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know

Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, signaling that a name change could put these brands and more all under the same umbrella.

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping
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Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

RealResponse has forged a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to use its technology platform to enable whistleblowers to report concerns about possible doping...

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
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Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

A University of Notre Dame's researcher built four-legged swarm robots capable of traversing rough terrain and performing complex tasks collectively.

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers
From ACM News

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament
From ACM News

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules
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7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom
From ACM News

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

As the world becomes more digital, governments want to have more control over people's online presence.

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars
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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.

The Outlook for Virtual Meetups
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The Outlook for Virtual Meetups

Future online meetings could include people in disparate locations cutting a virtual birthday cake together.

Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together
From ACM TechNews

Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together

Stanford University scientists engineered virtual artificial intelligences performing tasks in simulated environments to mimic the evolution of mind and body.
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