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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches
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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches

Medicare has extended coverage of remote health care. While telehealth removed barriers to care for many during the pandemic, some say there is more to be done....

FBI Document Shows How Popular Secure Messaging Apps Stack Up
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FBI Document Shows How Popular Secure Messaging Apps Stack Up

An FBI document details the agency's ability to legally access content from secure messaging applications.

Thousands of AT&T Customers in the U.S. Infected by Data-Stealing Malware
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Thousands of AT&T Customers in the U.S. Infected by Data-Stealing Malware

Researchers at China's Qihoo 360 reported that the EWDoor malware has infected the networking devices of thousands of AT&T Internet customers in the U.S.

Over 200 Newspapers Quietly Sue Big Tech
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Over 200 Newspapers Quietly Sue Big Tech

To date, the group has been retained by over 30 newspaper ownership groups on behalf of over 200 publications to file lawsuits.

AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.
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AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.

An outage of Amazon Web Services Tuesday angered millions of U.S. users

Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away
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Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away

Researchers explored social spambots' behavior on social media, interaction with genuine accounts, and current bot technologies' capabilities.

Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)
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Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)

Automotive cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game, with the good guys and bad guys constantly chasing each other.

How TikTok Reads Your Mind
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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected
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New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

Information technology scientists detected 14 new types of Web browser-targeting cross-site leaks.

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.
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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks
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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves
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Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells
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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells

A team of researchers combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence to identify previously unknown components of human cells.

Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight
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Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton University researchers have developed a millimeter-wave wireless microchip that can thwart interception of wireless transmissions.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to replace Dorsey atop social-media company effective immediately.

Can a Free Internet Survive?
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Can a Free Internet Survive?

Internet freedom is eroding on two fronts: the sheer number of efforts to block access to legitimate information, and the level of sophistication used.

Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access
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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access

The new 'Searchable Museum' will bring a trove of artifacts, stories, and images to the Internet.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.
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