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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'
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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is starting a new office, the Disinformation Governance Board, that will focus on countering "misinformation" and "disinformation...

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says
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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says

Searches in national-security investigations came without warrants, could stoke privacy concerns in Congress.

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology
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U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology

Brownies, the second-youngest section of Girlguiding (scouting) in the U.K. for girls aged 7–10, are learning to code, while Guides (ages 10-14) are working with...

Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker
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Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker

Several companies in Japan cooperated to create and deploy a humanoid heavy equipment maintenance robot that is directed through virtual reality (VR).

Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage
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Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage

Texas A&M University researchers demonstrated that unsupervised machine learning algorithms could analyze data from a geological carbon sequestration site to determine...

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024
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Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024

Semiconductor giant says quarterly sales fell amid sagging demand for lower-end laptops.

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report
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Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report

Access Now noted the biggest offender was India, which shut down its Internet in sections of the country at least 106 times. This is the fourth consecutive year...

A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built
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A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built

The Czinger 21C is made with 3D printers. "If he's successful," an analyst said, "it will be an earthquake for the industry."

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document
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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document

"We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data," Facebook engineers say in leaked document.

An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills
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An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine learning method that enables robots to acquire new skills using a handful of human examples...

Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order
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Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order

Stanford University researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing system that can construct objects in any order, instead of layer by layer.

Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics
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Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics

Researchers have proposed a new machine learning method to accelerate the counting and classification of microplastics, while also boosting affordability and ease...

Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws
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Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws

You can now access official manuals and parts, but for most people, the minimal savings won't be worth it.

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."
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