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Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State
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Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State

A Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers to tamper with voter records in North Carolina...

Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them
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Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them

Employer branding specialist Universum has released its annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the U.S. for 2019.

Database Partitioning Method Supports High-Performance Data Processing
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Database Partitioning Method Supports High-Performance Data Processing

Researchers have developed a core technology that supports fast, efficient large-scale data analysis.

Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds
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Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds

A researcher found a zero-day vulnerability in a central Apple macOS safeguard, allowing apps or malware to circumvent permissions and access a user's private data...

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom
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Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom

Abby Everett Jaques at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologym created a class called Ethics of Technology to help future engineers and computer scientists understand...

Coding Curriculum in a Box
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Coding Curriculum in a Box

CodePath.org, a nonprofit boot camp, offers ready-made, industry-approved coding courses to colleges and trains students to teach them for credit.

Keeping Algorithms Fair
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Keeping Algorithms Fair

It's easier to de-bias algorithms than it is to de-bias people.

How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours
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How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours

Researchers have developed a more efficient technique for decryption calculations by quantum computers.

Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary
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Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary

His ideas led to early versions of modern computing and helped win World War II. Yet he died as a criminal for his homosexuality.

Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological...

Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling Up DNA Data Storage
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Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling Up DNA Data Storage

North Carolina State University researchers have created new techniques for labeling and retrieving data files in DNA-based information storage systems.

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda
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Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda

Researchers have modified a neural network to create a natural language processing algorithm that generates, as well as detects, convincing fake articles.

Margaret H. Wright Becomes 5th Woman to Receive SIAM’s Prestigious John von Neumann Prize
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Margaret H. Wright Becomes 5th Woman to Receive SIAM’s Prestigious John von Neumann Prize

Wright will deliver this flagship lecture at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in July.

Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear
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Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear

Microsoft has published an advisory calling on users to install a patch for a "wormable" vulnerability that could be exploited to launch attacks similar to WannaCry...

From Viruses to Social Bots, Researchers Unearth Structure of Attacked Networks
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From Viruses to Social Bots, Researchers Unearth Structure of Attacked Networks

Researchers are using a new statistical machine learning technique to explore how viruses interact with proteins in the body.

Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)
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Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)

Yale University researchers have developed a technique for saving Schrodinger's cat by predicting its jumps and taking real-time actions.

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.

Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments
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Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments

A new algorithm permits machines to sense their surroundings faster, which could help assistive robots operate more efficiently in unstructured environments.
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