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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?
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Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?

A study by computer scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada considered ways for people to control their personal digital data after they...

'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles
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'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles

Computer scientists have designed a shoe with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles and emit vibrations to warn blind and visually impaired wearers.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing
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IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM has unveiled what it is calling the world's first 2-nanometer chipmaking technology.

An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI
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An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI

Researchers printed encoded data using a carbon nanoparticle-based ink that can be read only by an artificial intelligence model when exposed to ultraviolet light...

Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers
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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit.

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers
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An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An artificial neural network can autonomously recognize and quantify the edges of glaciers in satellite images with far greater reliability than humans.

How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe
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How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe

A study by researchers at the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and Temple University identified cybersecurity weaknesses that could threaten the...

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models
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Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate...

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.

NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash
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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

The New York Police Department has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics after several incidents prompted allegations of...

This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline
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This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline

More than 200 organizations across Belgium, including the government and parliament, were affected by a DDoS attack that overwhelmed them with bad traffic.

Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies
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Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies

The tech company tested the prompts last year and said they led to fewer offensive replies on its service. So, it's rolling them out widely.
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