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Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward
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Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward

Strong data encryption thwarts criminals and preserves privacy. At the same time, it complicates law enforcement investigations. A Carnegie working group looks...

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Google Unveils DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Plan, Mozilla's Faces Criticism
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Google Unveils DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Plan, Mozilla's Faces Criticism

DNS-over-HTTPS allows DNS resolution to be conducted over encrypted HTTPS connections rather than through the normal plain text DNS lookups.

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety
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Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Cyberattacks pose a rising threat to food production and safety, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute...

'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air
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'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air

A new bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs
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Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs

Researchers combined artificial intelligence with high-performance computing to expedite analysis of massive datasets generated by cosmological surveys.

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award
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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves
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Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Researchers have developed soft biohybrid robots impelled by neuromuscular tissue that activates in response to light.  

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices
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Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

The site, https://yourthings.info, features rankings of 45 devices on their security capabilities.

AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist
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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria has used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment
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Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based technique for mapping receptors on cancer cells.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis
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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.

Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack
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Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Researchers have described a new exploit targeting Intel central processing units that support Data-Direct I/O Technology and Remote Direct Memory Access features...
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