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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Hacking Bluetooth
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Hacking Bluetooth

Bluetooth device users seldom suspect they are opening themselves to man-in-the-middle hacker attacks.

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War
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Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con
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Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con

Quantum cryptography is clever and impressive, but companies calling it "unbreakable" and "unhackable" turns me into Shrödinger's sourpuss.

EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
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Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain
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Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain

A new cryptographic identity tag can be attached to virtually any product in order to verify its authenticity.

New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations
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New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

The lawsuit says that Google, the top tech brand in public schools, used its educational products to spy on students.

China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread
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China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The Chinese government is working with technology companies to monitor citizens and track confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus.

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.
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