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Tracking the Hackers
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Tracking the Hackers

Dissecting the SolarWinds hack.

Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene
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Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene

A study by blockchain investigations firm Chainalysis found that cybercrime gangs often switch ransomware-as-a-service suppliers as they seek better profits.

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide
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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Trump administration officials last year formulated a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan that has an algorithm allocate shots nationwide.

From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards
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From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards

China is channeling state funding and political influence to wrest control of technical standards for cutting-edge technologies from the West.

Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News
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Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Researchers used machine learning to develop a method for identifying fake news even when such reports are repeatedly adapted.

Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers
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Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers

Researchers used small drones to study how bees land on a flower.

Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing
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Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing

Researchers connected two quantum bits (qubits) in two different laboratories to a distributed quantum computer via a 60-meter (196-foot) optical fiber.

How the United States Lost to Hackers
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How the United States Lost to Hackers

America's biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers
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Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers

The Gooseberry cryogenic computer chip can operate at ‘millikelvin’ temperatures approaching absolute zero.

AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19
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AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify which people in a crowd most likely are asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.

Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos
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Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

The Exposing.AI online tool lets people search image collections for photos of themselves, to learn if such images were used to train facial recognition systems...

Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers
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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

Ford Motor's Spin division has announced a new service allowing electronic scooter operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language

A  team of cognitive scientists and computational linguists has developed a modeling framework based on large-scale simulation of infants' language learning process...

Can AI Map Our Moods?
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Can AI Map Our Moods?

Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Michigan developed a machine learning model that can infer a person's mood from their Facebook posts....

Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls
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Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls

Some are concerned about the increased use of digital strategies by authoritarian regimes worldwide to undermine human rights and facilitate mass surveillance. ...

Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild
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Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild

Apple has released patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities.

Using ML to Solve Engineering Challenges
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Using ML to Solve Engineering Challenges

Researchers developed and used a machine learning algorithm to extract five optimal designs from 250,000 possible designs for an electric power system for an autonomous...

The Scramble for Post-Quantum Cryptography
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The Scramble for Post-Quantum Cryptography

Quantum computers are expected to undermine today's computer security.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada
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Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Canadian authorities declared that the company needed citizens' consent to use their biometric information, and told the firm to delete facial images from its database...
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