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May 2021


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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.


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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.


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Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads

Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads

Legislation passed by the lower house of Germany's parliament would permit driverless vehicles on that nation’s public roads by 2022.


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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.


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As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop

As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop

A full fix for the "Half-Double" technique will require rethinking how memory semiconductors are designed.


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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.


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Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says

Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says

Microsoft said the hacking group known as Nobelium targeted over 150 organizations worldwide in the last week.


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AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language

AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language

Microsoft reveals plans to bring GPT-3, best known for generating text, to programming. "The code writes itself," CEO Satya Nadella says.


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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't work the way it's marketed, raising concerns for privacy advocates…


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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's messages.


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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed up vehicle repairs.


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Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots

Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots

Researchers found XCSSET malware has been exploiting a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability to bypass macOS security defenses and take screenshots without the user's permission.


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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.


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Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

The release comes a week after the health system's information services were shut down by hackers.


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Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

About 130 jurisdictions globally have implemented data protection laws, often seen as a starting point for the regulation of artificial intelligence.


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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.


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ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

ACM has named the recipients of four awards, chosen by peers for technical achievements that advance research and industry, and which create a basis for transformative technologies.


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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.


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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.


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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.


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More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars

More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars

A new machine learning system for driverless cars uses an end-to-end mapless driving framework that taps raw Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data for autonomous navigation.


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GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

However, the decision to operate such scheme did not itself breach the European convention on human rights, it says


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Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'

Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'

Government funding is needed to unlock private capital for chip invest, suggests U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.


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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The development of self-driving vehicles has become a goal that only the most well-heeled companies are currently pursuing.


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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues.


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Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts

Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts

Researchers say digital twin technology can play a significant role in predictive and precision medicine and in improving decision-making for aerospace systems.


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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.


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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.


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An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

Critics grapple with Biden's Cybersecurity Safety Review Board plan.


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Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China

Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China

Microsoft's Chinese branch has announced its latest omnichannel retail push to develop cloud-based software for store operators.

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