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June 2021


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How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police

How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police

In the first half of 2020, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft together fielded more than 112,000 data requests from local, state, and federal officials.


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AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care

AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care

A hybrid neural network can accurately forecast premature babies' individual mortality risk in order to better guide their care.


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Danger Caused by Subdomains

Danger Caused by Subdomains

A security vulnerability could enable hackers to commandeer Website subdomains and inflict severe damage.


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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.


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Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto

Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto

Hackers are exploiting gamers with "Crackonosh" malware to generate millions by mining cryptocurrency using gamers’ computers.


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A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five

A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five

The Perlmutter supercomputer is the newest addition to the top 10 of the Top500 listing of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.


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Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

The deputy director of the White House science office plans to tackle algorithmic bias and start candid conversations about the past.


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Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.


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How Tesla is Using a Supercomputer to Train its Self-Driving Tech

How Tesla is Using a Supercomputer to Train its Self-Driving Tech

Tesla's approach to autonomy is controversial: It relies on just cameras to see and understand the roads.


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Raj Reddy Honored by Computer History Museum

Raj Reddy Honored by Computer History Museum

Turing Award recipient Reddy was recognized for his contributions in artificial intelligence and speaker-independent continuous speech recognition.


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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.


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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.


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Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

The Bank of Israel is testing Ethereum's blockchain technology as part of a new internal digital shekel trial.


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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?


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Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants

Top Fed Official Says Digital Currency May be the Money Equivalent of Parachute Pants

The Fed is expected to release a paper on the potential for a digital currency this summer.


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Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Judge rules that Federal Trade Commission and states didn't make valid claims that Facebook engaged in unlawful monopolization.


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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.


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Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread

Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread

The results of a study indicated that banning people who espouse extreme views from YouTube shrinks their audience.


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NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone

NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone

An Android app can exploit flaws in near-field communication systems, enabling ATMs and a variety of point-of-sale terminals to be hacked.


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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.


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Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

A new tactile sensing carpet assembled from pressure-sensitive film and conductive thread is able to calculate human poses without cameras.


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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.


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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

In a JumpCloud survey of IT decision-makers at small and medium-sized enterprises, 56% think their organizations are spending too much to enable remote work.


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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

AI is moving from data ters to devices, making everything from phones to tractors faster and more private. These newfound smarts also come with pitfalls.


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Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?

Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?

Faced with so much new music, major labels are using algorithms to hunt down tomorrow's hits. Is this great news for rising stars – or the recipe for a bland new future?


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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 


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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.


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GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base

GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base

A cyberattack may have been involved in a naval confrontation this week between Russia and a British warship in the Black Sea that never really happened.


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ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

New process- or knowledge-guided machine learning techniques can predict flow and temperature in river networks more accurately even when data is scarce.


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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."

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