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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants
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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.

Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches
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Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches

Technology conglomerate Cisco has issued software patches to correct four security flaws that hackers could exploit to commandeer affected systems.

Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions
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Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions

Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.

Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?
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Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?

Russia, Ukraine, and many of the latter's Western allies have the ability to launch cyberattacks on other nations, and both sides seem ready for digital skirmishes...

3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition
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3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition

U.K. surgeons saved the life of a baby girl with a rare heart condition using a three-dimensionally-printed model of her heart.

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
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IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The Internal Revenue Service has walked back a requirement for taxpayers to use facial recognition to access their online accounts.

Accelerating AI
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Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW
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Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW

Some Seattle-area drivers in Mazdas are finding that the HD Radios in their vehicles will only play KUOW 94.9 FM, the National Public Radio station.

Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices
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Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices

A new technique allows the use of federated learning to train artificial intelligence  systems on wireless devices.

Trying On Smart Clothes
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Trying On Smart Clothes

Smart clothing is coming into fashion.

Fingerprinting the IoT
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Fingerprinting the IoT

Carnegie Mellon University researchers strengthened the security of Internet of Things devices by making them more resilient against exploitation.

Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say
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Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say

The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

Meta Is Calling Out Google Over Apple's App Privacy Rules
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Meta Is Calling Out Google Over Apple's App Privacy Rules

Facebook's owner is hit hard by the new rules, while Google is largely spared.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online
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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR
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Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

More schools and universities are conducting classes in virtual reality, especially given the availability of better and less expensive VR headsets.

Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias
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Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias

Researchers have developed a method for amplifying trustworthy news on social media.

277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP
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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks....
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