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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future
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Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future

To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- next to IoT devices that collect data from the real...

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims
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Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims

Frances Haugen's testimony that social networking company puts profit before people just not true."

Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company
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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage
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Facebook Explains What Caused Its Widespread Outage

The social network's services, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, were offline for about six hours on Monday.

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number
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Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number

The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows.

Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew
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Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew

A trove of leaked documents, published by The Wall Street Journal, hints at a company whose best days are behind it.

Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook
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Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked...

Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid
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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law
From ACM TechNews

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy. ...

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms
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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

A new program of the Open Wearables Initiative is designed to identify open source algorithms that may become de facto industry standards.

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process...

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over
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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.

Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data
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Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data

Researchers demonstrated how an attack on low-end Android phones targetted a standard encryption process.

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess
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How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google's chief Internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can't always tell good information from bad.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.
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