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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam Internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks...

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

How the Internet Spans the Globe
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How the Internet Spans the Globe

The modern Internet is made possible by hundreds of thousands of miles of undersea cables.

Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit
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Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit

A problem "around since antiquity" may have been resolved by a new algorithm.

City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study
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City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study

The Columbus, OH, City Council approved a program that will ask 1,300 residents to equip their vehicles with "connected" technology that allows them to communicate...

Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions
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Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions

Researchers have developed a risk adjustment model to predict how frenquently elderly people will seek treatment from a healthcare center or hospital.

Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality
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Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality

Macerich, one of the largest mall operators in the U.S., is offering "Santa HQ 5.0" at 15 of its malls across the country.

Researchers Reconstruct Spoken Words as Processed in Nonhuman Primate Brains
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Researchers Reconstruct Spoken Words as Processed in Nonhuman Primate Brains

Researchers used a brain-computer interface to reconstruct English words from neural signals recorded in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys.

Government Regimes May Be Learning New Twitter Tactics to Quash Dissent
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Government Regimes May Be Learning New Twitter Tactics to Quash Dissent

Researchers suggest authoritarian governments may be using new Twitter strategies to suppress social media-using dissenters.\

A Network Design for the 'Internet from Space'
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A Network Design for the 'Internet from Space'

Researchers are proposing a network design that could double the network capacity of low-flying satellites to create an "Internet from Space."

Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation
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Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation

Researchers in Australia are using drones to help conservation efforts for hippos.

Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes
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Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes

Researchers have found that underground fiber-optic cables can be used to track thunderstorms.

2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age
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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

ACM has recognized 58 members by naming them 2019 ACM Fellows for their contributions to areas that underpin the defining technologies of the digital age. 

Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words
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Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words

An algorithmic approach for data analysis automatically recognizes uninformative words, known as stop words, in a large collection of text.

Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi
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Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi

Researchers at Facebook have taught the company's artificial intelligence software how to play the game Hanabi, a Solitaire-like card game that requires players...

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path
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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.
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