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April 2021


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Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Companies are developing digital tools for the design of personalized jewelry, which can be fabricated via sophisticated three-dimensional metal printing.


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Category Killers of the Internet Are Significantly Reducing Online Diversity

Category Killers of the Internet Are Significantly Reducing Online Diversity

A multi-institutional team of Australian researchers has found the diversity of online players is declining.


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Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other online platforms.


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ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications

ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications

ACM has named Michael Franz at the University of California, Irvine, recipient of the Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award.


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'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

A device modeled after the human brain can learn by association via synaptic transistors that simultaneously process and store information.


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Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries

Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries

A Virginia girl scou troop teamed up with Google Wing amid COVID-19.


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DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn

DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn

Experts will say in today's Congressional testimony that the U.S. can learn from how cyberthreats have evolved in addressing growing online information operations.


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Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets

Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets

US bank and QC Ware looked into use of the technology to price complex derivatives.


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As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues.


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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.


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France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism

France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism

The move comes as the French president comes under pressure to crack down on terrorism and Islamist separatism.


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Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated

Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated

A group of Stanford University researchers wanted to know how much regulators and doctors actually know about the accuracy of the AI devices they are tout and approve.


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Exclusive: Air Force Research Taps Quantum Computing

Exclusive: Air Force Research Taps Quantum Computing

The Air Force plans to partner with quantum computing software company QC Ware to harness its algorithms to better surveil unmanned aircraft.


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AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up

AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up

CompTIA has observed surging demand for artificial intelligence experts as the economy opens up and companies expand the technology's usage.


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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations.


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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 


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Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?

Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?

Researchers have demonstrated a novel belief propagation algorithm to solve probabilistic models on networks containing short loops.


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Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Patching the security holes that arise when working from home.


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Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips

Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips

Fourth-largest contract chipmaker aiming at supply problems for carmakers, others.


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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.


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Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims

Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims

The law enforcement agency is working with the data breach service to alert people that their information may have been harvested by the botnet.


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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models of security.


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Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers found that next-generation sensors and controls used with high-performance computing, analytics, and machine learning could minimize road congestion.


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A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images

A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images

Researchers used satellite photos of three cities and manipulation of video and audio files to identify new methods of detecting deepfake satellite images.


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Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation

Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have launched an open source extended reality testbed to democratize XR systems research.


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How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?

How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?

Researchers say it is possible to use mirrors to generate a light beam with multiple classical entanglements.


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How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

Building owners are using data collection and artificial intelligence to help control systems like heating, lighting, air quality, and even the flow of workers.


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Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans

Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans

Zoomorphic gestures inspired by dogs makes understanding cobots intuitive for anyone.


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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.


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Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

If you are trying to grasp Bitcoin and understand what China's digital yuan means, America's Federal Reserve is right there with you.

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