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June 2021


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Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Don't expect any significant updates in new Windows 10 preview builds for the next few weeks. It's all about testing the servicing pipeline with new cumulative updates.


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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.


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Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Brown University bioengineers have developed an algorithm that could clear a path to more adaptive deep brain stimulation technology.


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Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics

Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics

Computer scientists developed a deep learning model capable of identifying diseases from medical scans quickly and more accurately.


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F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers' computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.


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Semantics Beats Syntax

Semantics Beats Syntax

IBM, Google, and Microsoft are all developing algorithms that understand the meaning of words.


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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.


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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient.


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Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS

Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS

The next version of iPhone operating software will have improved privacy features, Apple says.


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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.

 


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RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs

RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs

It's time to pull this discussion into the modern era and consider what the implications of this "RISC vs. CISC" comparison are for the ARM and x86 CPUs actually shipping today.


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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.


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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.


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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including "faceprints and voiceprints."


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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

A commercial smartwatch's green light-emitting diode can trigger an implanted molecular switch to regulate insulin production, thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.


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PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Shadow Figment technology is designed to contain cyberattacks by luring hackers into artificial environments and feeding them false indicators of success.


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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras publicly.


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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire talk flowed.


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FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof

FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof

Rarely seen miscalculations now crop up frequently at cloud hyperscale.


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Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

The Twitter Trends platform's algorithm for identifying and alerting Twitter users to popular hashtag-fueled topics is vulnerable to mass-scale manipulation, researchers found.


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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks.


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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

The European Union has announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.


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Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineering researchers collaborated on the design of the first programmable digital fiber.


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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information.


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The Internet Goes Quantum

The Internet Goes Quantum

A global network that would use quantum "entanglement" to weave intimate ties between far-flung users is beginning to take shape.


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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.


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Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again

Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again

See the chaos of the Internet in this ridiculously detailed world map.


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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

The court said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not cover people who "have improper motives for obtaining the information that is otherwise available to them."


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Google Says It's Committed to Ethical AI Research. Its Ethical AI Team Isn't So Sure

Google Says It's Committed to Ethical AI Research. Its Ethical AI Team Isn't So Sure

Six months after Timnit Gebru left, Google's ethical artificial intelligence team is still in a state of upheaval.


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This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection

This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection

Researchers outline common tactics for circumventing the security software.