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October 2021


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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report

Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report

REvil was hacked and forced offline this week in a multiple-country effort, according to Reuters.


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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.


From ACM TechNews

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.


From ACM TechNews

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.


From ACM TechNews

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.


From ACM TechNews

The Fickleness of Fame

The Fickleness of Fame

Scientists tracked media mentions of people who died between 2009 and 2014 to gauge how long recently deceased public figures remain in collective memory.


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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.


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How AI is Reinventing What Computers Are

How AI is Reinventing What Computers Are

Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.


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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

The rule is not intended to keep American researchers from working with colleagues overseas to find software flaws.


From ACM News

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.


From ACM TechNews

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.


From ACM TechNews

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science

Brief exposure to an infographic about the scientific process could strengthen people's trust in science and mitigate COVID-19 misinformation.


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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide.


From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases

Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases

The Fabric GEM algorithm was able to detect disease-causing variants in infants with rare diseases at six leading genomic centers and hospitals with high accuracy.


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Looking for Insights from Artificial Intelligence

Looking for Insights from Artificial Intelligence

Will AI make future discoveries for us?


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How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

Open up Google Translate or Apple's Translate and your mobile device turns into your personal language interpreter.


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Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Board set up by Facebook rebukes company after Wall Street Journal investigation into treatment of high-profile users.


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Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know

Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know

Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, signaling that a name change could put these brands and more all under the same umbrella.


From ACM TechNews

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.


From ACM TechNews

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Technology job marketplace Hired said the push for remote work has caused technology salaries in New York City and San Francisco to fall.


From ACM TechNews

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

RealResponse has forged a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to use its technology platform to enable whistleblowers to report concerns about possible doping.


From ACM TechNews

AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

Artificial intelligence, advanced imaging, and three-dimensional printing revealed the portrait of a nude woman hidden beneath the surface of a Picasso painting.


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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.


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Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

A University of Notre Dame's researcher built four-legged swarm robots capable of traversing rough terrain and performing complex tasks collectively.


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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.


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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.


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Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.


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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.


From ACM TechNews

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.

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