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January 2021


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Using AI to Find New Uses for Existing Medications

Using AI to Find New Uses for Existing Medications

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to process massive datasets to determine whether existing drugs could be applied to illnesses for which they were not previously used.


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Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats

Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats

The White House has unveiled a plan to protect the U.S. maritime transportation sector against cybersecurity threats.


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Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test

Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test

What was described as a controlled test of facial recognition technologies found potential for accurately identifying individuals on security lines at airports and other points of entry while they wear face masks.


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Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Software engineer Tillie Kottmann said Nissan North America's misconfiguration of a Bitbucket Git server led to the online leakage of the automaker’s source code for its mobile applications and internal tools.


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This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

Researchers at artificial intelligence company OpenAI have engineered two deep learning models combining language and images to improve AI's understanding of text and to what it refers.


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Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm

Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm

An Italian court determined that companies can be held liable even if an algorithm unintentionally discriminates against a protected group.


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The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.


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Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Hackers can exploit the Telegram messenger application employed in Android devices and iPhones to pinpoint users' precise locations.


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How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries

How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research are using artificial intelligence and robots to design an organic redox-flow battery.


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A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD

A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD

Computer simulation could help identify symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, according to Ohio State University (OSU) researchers.


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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access point.


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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?


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Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that open source software developer David Recordon will serve as the White House Director of Technology.


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Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

Canadian research company MontrealAI convened leading computer scientists in December to debate moving artificial intelligence (AI) forward in the year ahead.


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A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature

A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature

An international team of more than 170 experts evaluated the opportunities and challenges facing the use of robotic technology for urban nature and green space.


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Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices

Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices

Niels Teusink, a researcher at Netherlands-based security firm Eye Control, found that hackers are attempting to exploit a backdoor built into several Zyxel device models.


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CIOs Enter 2021 with Expanded Role

CIOs Enter 2021 with Expanded Role

Information technology (IT) executives say the pandemic has expanded their clout in corporate boardrooms and front-office decision-making.


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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons with fidelity greater than 90%, paving the way for a quantum Internet.


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A Decade Of AI: Most Defining Moments 2010-20

A Decade Of AI: Most Defining Moments 2010-20

Be it access to world standard courses, platforms, libraries, frameworks, hardware, this was the decade when AI went mainstream.


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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.


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Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020

Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020

Chief information officers last year had to reprioritize corporate demands and establish new boundaries to prevent team burnout due to remote work and the ramp-up of digital projects.


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LinkedIn Migration Data Shows Techies Aren't Leaving Seattle Despite 'Exodus' in Silicon Valley

LinkedIn Migration Data Shows Techies Aren't Leaving Seattle Despite 'Exodus' in Silicon Valley

While tech workers appear to be fleeing Silicon Valley in an exodus sparked by the pandemic, Seattle—home to tech giants Microsoft and Amazon—has not seen the same outflow.


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Digital IDs Make Their Mark

Digital IDs Make Their Mark

Encrypted identification data on a smartcard or smartphone can deliver significant benefits while boosting security, but raise concerns about privacy and the potential for abuse.


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Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

What do we need to push AI to the next level? More data and larger neural networks? New deep learning algorithms? Approaches other than deep learning?


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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.


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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

Microsoft on Thursday said the Russian exploit of U.S. government agencies and private corporations extended further into its network than previously thought.


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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology job roles this year.


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Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data stored in an automobile's onboard computers to solve crimes.


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Nuro to Be California's First Driverless Delivery Service

Nuro to Be California's First Driverless Delivery Service

California has approved the operation of R2 driverless delivery vehicles from robotics startup Nuro.


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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law.