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Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data
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Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

Researchers exploit computer processor's on-chip interconnect to launch side-channel attacks.

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations
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Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-scanner payment technology to more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California.

Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All
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Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Scientists said they could beat Google's Sycamore quantum computer in performing an esoteric calculation using ordinary processors paired with a supercomputer. ...

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers
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Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

An interdisciplinary team has developed a method for building quantum computers based on atomic building blocks that are custom-designed by chemists.

IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack
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IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

Researchers at FortiGuard Labs reported that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware identified in mid-June has been evolving rapidly.

Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion
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Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers found congestion control algorithms fail to prevent certain users from taking up all the bandwidth.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured
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Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured

News of yet another datacenter fire in just two years hits Google. Here's how to make sure you're not next.

U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral
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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles for patrols at Cape Canaveral.

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?
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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.

Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing
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Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Scientists have been experimenting with quantum gates based on different materials for some time, but the superpositions of the qubits can quickly degrade.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work
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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

Former NASA roboticists who helped developed the Robonaut 2 astronaut assistant robot are part of a research team that has developed a deep-sea robot.

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise
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New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

The work was notable because Quantinuum's error correction technology keeps logical qubits stable longer than conventional qubits.

Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis
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Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis

With studies predicting more extreme weather in the coming years, datacenters need to be prepared.

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks
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Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval
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Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress this week passed the Chips and Science Act, earmarking $280 billion to strengthen U.S. innovation and technology hubs, including...

Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling

A team led by researchers at the Flatiron Institute discovered a new phase of matter that has the potential to act as long-term quantum information storage.
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