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Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows
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Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows

Beijing typically "retaliates fully plus 10 percent," but this time it doesn't seem to have many punitive options.

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys
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Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys

An international team of scientists led by Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing new techniques to efficiently identify coding errors in embedded systems...

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
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Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research
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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research

The team says its machine learning model can accurately predict the complex molecular changes that determine a drug's effectiveness.

New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls
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New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls

Researchers devised a method that could be used by attackers to access sensitive business and customer information by bypassing Web application firewalls to infiltrate...

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing
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Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an automated technique that uses machine learning to identify doxing on social media.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
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FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.

Bluetooth Security Challenged
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Bluetooth Security Challenged

Researchers identify a security loophole in the wireless standard.

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware
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U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware

Yet the threat remains pervasive.

Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers
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Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers

Three-quarters of devices that keep facilities like electricity and water treatment plants safe and operational have severe, unpatched cybersecurity vulnerabilities...

Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC
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Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC

Mordechai Guri at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev transmitted stolen data from a personal computer by manipulating the device's power supply.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans
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Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans

Siemens has been working with clothing companies on efforts to automate apparel manufacturing.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Coalition Formed to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computer Science
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Coalition Formed to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computer Science

National nonprofits and organizations unite efforts to boost Hispanic representation in computer science.

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer
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The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked
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The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked

PayScale's annual ranking of the highest-paying college majors ranks electrical engineering and computer science at No. 1.
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