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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security
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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.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

 Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout
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Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout

More than a year into the pandemic's remote work, corporate tech leaders try to help staff fight feelings of loneliness, fatigue.

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots
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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias
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Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and...

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work
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IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work

An recent analysis of federal jobs data found the IT field had its fourth straight month of job growth in March, with U.S. employers hiring 50,000 enterprise technology...

AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up
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AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up

Artificial intelligence (AI) powered software and platforms will be adopted by more companies as they reopen physical workplaces.

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?
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How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?

Artificial intelligence can make the government more efficient and effective. But first, it has to hire the people who can make it all happen.

Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic

Senior living facilities are looking to balance the benefits of technology by promoting social interactions as the pace of coronavirus vaccinations increases.

The Man Who Made Online College Work
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The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say
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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.

Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together
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Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together

Information Technology staffers at consumer packaged goods companies increasingly work with research and development teams to develop more connected devices.

Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

A new report found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision
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Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision

A software toolkit developed by Facebook's artificial intelligence research arm could enable companies to create computer vision software more quickly.
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