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Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack
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Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack

Toyota-owned truck manufacturer Hino Motors said two of its plants were affected, while Daihatsu, a Toyota affiliate that makes small cars, reportedly also stopped...

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups
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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.

At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity
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At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

The tech giants also pledged to step up their efforts to address a dire talent shortage that has hampered efforts to counter hacking.

U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers
From ACM TechNews

U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers

A new study found that U.S.-born information technology  professionals make much more money than peers in other fields.

8 Leading Women In The Field Of AI
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8 Leading Women In The Field Of AI

There are many brilliant women at the forefront of artificial intelligence today.

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return
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Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return

Soccer clubs are turning to technology as the English Premier League looks to restart while complying with numerous health and safety protocols.

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare
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Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its integrated virtual three-dimensional printing network from three hospitals in early 2017 to 20 at the end...

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
From ACM Careers

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence
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The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia cofounder Chris Malachowsky is eating a sausage omelet and sipping burnt coffee in a Denny's off the Berryessa overpass in San Jose.

Feds Want to ­se Your Fingerprints to Open Iphones. Why Isn't It Working?
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Feds Want to ­se Your Fingerprints to Open Iphones. Why Isn't It Working?

A single sentence was all that was needed to detail the results of a search warrant executed last month on a cell phone in Texas: "Unable to obtain forensic aquisition...

No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution
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No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution

Robin Pedraja, a lanky 28-year-old former design student from Havana, walked into the Cuban government’s office of periodicals and publications early last year...

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines
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The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

Tony Coles could have had any job he wanted in the drug industry.

50 College Diplomas with the Highest Pay
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50 College Diplomas with the Highest Pay

Students who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are making a handsome average salary of $89,800.

The Rags-To-Riches Tale of How Jan Koum Built Whatsapp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby
From ACM Careers

The Rags-To-Riches Tale of How Jan Koum Built Whatsapp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist...

Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant
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Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant

In the gleaming Silicon Valley branch office of speech-recognition firm Nuance Communications, a small room has been made to look like a homey den.

Microsoft Gives ­ser Data to the ­.s. Government Less Often Than Google, But to Foreign Governments Far More
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Microsoft Gives ­ser Data to the ­.s. Government Less Often Than Google, But to Foreign Governments Far More

Microsoft has finally joined Google and a small group of Internet firms that voluntarily reveal how often governments demand they hand over their users’ private...

More Mobile News Consumers Choosing Web Over Apps
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More Mobile News Consumers Choosing Web Over Apps

Mobile apps were supposed to be the reset button for the news industry.
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