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June 2021


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Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

The Internet giant is throwing tracking cookies in the dustbin, prompting big questions about privacy, competition, and advertising.


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Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey

Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship set off this week to retrace the journey of its 1620 namesake across the Atlantic Ocean.


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Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles

Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles

A Florida Atlantic University' researcher has designed technology for autonomous systems that uses machine-learned human moods to respond to emotions.


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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.


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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.


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Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.


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Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook's artificial intelligence program looks for cracks left behind in the manufacturing process used to change an image's digital "fingerprint."


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USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster

USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster

The U.S. Postal Service is using artificial intelligence technology from NVIDIA to help it gain efficiencies.


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U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot

U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have determined that current legged robots could be far more efficient.


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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.


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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.


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Ballet's Brave New World in VR

Ballet's Brave New World in VR

The Boston Ballet has commissioned three choreographers to develop original ballets designed for viewing entirely in virtual reality.


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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.


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South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware

South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware

Investigators said the rogue employees would restore systems impacted by ransomware attacks, but leave a backdoor for another ransomware attack.


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Amazon India Introduces Machine Learning Summer School

Amazon India Introduces Machine Learning Summer School

Amazon India's three-day ML Summer School will cover fundamental concepts in Machine Learning, while linking them to practical industry applications.


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Google's Logica Language Addresses SQL's Flaws

Google's Logica Language Addresses SQL's Flaws

Open source logic programming language compiles to SQL and runs on Google BigQuery, with experimental support for PostgreSQL and SQLite.


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Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted

Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted

Launched in 1990, Hubble is showing more and more signs of aging, despite a series of repairs and updates by spacewalking astronauts during NASA's shuttle era.


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Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st

Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st

Some 80% of businesses that pay to regain access to encrypted systems experience a subsequent ransomware attack.


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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.


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A Big Step Towards Cybersecurity's Holy Grail

A Big Step Towards Cybersecurity's Holy Grail

Scientists have unveiled a provably secure computing environment that employs users' device communications to grant them immunity from compromised components.


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Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art

Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art

Researchers have come up with a program to predict people's art preferences.


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UW Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo into a Video

UW Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo into a Video

A new deep learning method can convert a single photo of any flowing material into an animated video running in a seamless loop.


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Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Researchers have designed a model for generating digital twins—precise computer simulations—at scale.


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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

An artificial intelligence-trained computer learned to play football from scratch, using digital players.


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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

U.S. Navy officials said an aerial drone successfully refueled a fighter jet in midair for the first time during a June 4 test flight.


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Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health

Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health

Purdue University engineers have developed a technique to turn apparel into washable smart clothes that operate without batteries.


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Honoring the Ties Between Computer Science and Mathematics

Honoring the Ties Between Computer Science and Mathematics

László Lovász and Avi Wigderson were awarded the 2021 Abel Prize.


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The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market.


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Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security

Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security

Understanding the fundamentals of the White House Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity.


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Here are 5 Ways the U.S. Government is Taking On Big Tech

Here are 5 Ways the U.S. Government is Taking On Big Tech

Five proposed bills from U.S. lawmakers will take on Big Tech by making it harder for them to acquire new businesses and forcing them to even the playing field.

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