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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images
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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images

An open letter from more than 90 policy and rights groups worldwide calls on Apple to drop a plan to scan children's messages for nudity and adults' phones for...

Photonic Processors Light the Way
From Communications of the ACM

Photonic Processors Light the Way

Highly efficient light-based processors can overcome the bottlenecks of today's electronics.

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

Novel Resilient State Estimation Method for Process Control in Cyber-Physical Systems
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Novel Resilient State Estimation Method for Process Control in Cyber-Physical Systems

Researchers have developed a method of estimating a cyber-physical system's internal process variables when external sensors have been corrupted.

China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws
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China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws

China's top legislative body has passed a law requiring those handling the personal data of Chinese citizens to minimize data collection and obtain prior consent...

The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing
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The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing

The founder of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, needs investors for the company's U.S. unit after a recent venture capital deal fell through — a setback that cost him a...

Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms
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Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

Common Solar Tech Can Power Smart Devices Indoors, NIST Study Finds
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Common Solar Tech Can Power Smart Devices Indoors, NIST Study Finds

Researchers studying small modular photovoltaic devices found that such a device made of silicon supplied more power to a wireless temperature sensor than its operation...

At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home
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At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home

The Dawn Cafe in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district is staffed by robot waiters serving diners under the remote direction of physically and mentally impaired staff based...

Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety
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Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety

New technology enables the use of drones to map and inspect subterranean coal mines, to avoid putting people into potentially hazardous situations.

Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed
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Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a software development kit affecting more than 83 million smart devices.

Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store
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Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store

It takes an average of 77 days from detection for Google to remove apps that may contain malware from the Google Play Store, accoriding to a recent analysis.

Pilot in Austin to Offer Early Look at Edge Computing at Scale
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Pilot in Austin to Offer Early Look at Edge Computing at Scale

A group is deploying dozens of nodes that combine compute, connectivity, and sensors in a uniform fashion.

Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse
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Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse

A study found that some algorithms used to identify abusive online posts are less effective if the content includes emojis.

Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.
From ACM TechNews

Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.

A new system can thwart the tracking of cellphone users by network operators while maintaining seamless connectivity.

Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees
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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees

Land-management strategies to save bumblebees can be tested in a "virtual safe space" developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System
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Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System

Researchers at City, University of London have developed an identity and access management system to make smart cars less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities
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Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Nozomi Networks Labs have identified five vulnerabilities in Mitsubishi's safety programmable logic controllers, centered on the...

Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem
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Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem

Google's Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich found vulnerabilities in messaging apps that add eavesdropping bugs without requiring users to click a malicious...

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...
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