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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit
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2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit

ACM has named a team of Chinese researchers to receive the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for simulating a random quantum circuit in real time on a  supercomputer. ...

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
From Communications of the ACM

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

Botnet Buster Finds IoT Command and Control Centers
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Botnet Buster Finds IoT Command and Control Centers

University of California, Riverside computer scientists have developed a tool that cripples botnets by fooling them into exposing their Internet of Things command...

Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills
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Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.

Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers
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Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers
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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages
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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs
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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third
From ACM TechNews

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.

Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition
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Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

A ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering contest.

Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge
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Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The teams behind the real and virtual robots named as winners shared a total of  $5 million in prize money.

Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap
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Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap

Artists are jumping into a market that will pay thousands for their work. But they're running into scams, environmental concerns, and crypto hype.
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