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Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need
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Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Hiring managers expect finding qualified developers will be the biggest recruitment challenge of 2022, according to a survey of 14,000 developers and technology...

How Game Theory Changed Poker
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How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach...

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device
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'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform any face mask into a smart monitoring device.

Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19
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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

U.K. and Polish scientists have developed a technique to detect epidemic waves of COVID-19.

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V
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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes...

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures
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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development...

Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill
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Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill

Beijing's ambitions for the digital economy and core technologies have stoked fears the U.S. could lose technological leadership to China.

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register
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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.

Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution
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Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery as logistics operators faced with labor shortages turn to automation...

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality
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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Some economists blame escalating inequality on the automation of tasks formerly done by humans, in addition to excessive technology investment and supportive public...

Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link
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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

The EU police agency has been accused of hoovering up data indiscriminately to create tools and algorithms.

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups
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France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups

The French government has launched a program to make quantum computers and supercomputers available to researchers and French and EU startup companies.

Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES
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Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES

Self-driving racecars sped around an oval track at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the high-speed Indy Autonomous Challenge.

Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference
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Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference

Sweden on Jan. 1 created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to fight the spread of disinformation campaigns.

Microsoft Hit by Defections as Tech Giants Battle for Talent to Build the Metaverse
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Microsoft Hit by Defections as Tech Giants Battle for Talent to Build the Metaverse

Around 100 people on the team developing Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headsets have left, mostly to Facebook parent Meta.

Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter
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Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter

Inside a Chinese propaganda campaign.

German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage
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German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage

ASML is the sole provider of the extreme ultraviolet lithography machines used by TSMC, Samsung and other chip makers.

A License to Print Houses
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A License to Print Houses

Three-dimensionally-printed homes are starting to catch on.
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