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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation
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China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation

Chinese police analyze human behaviors to ensure facial recognition cameras capture as much activity as possible.

Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
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Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

Technology helps to interpret what animals are thinking and feeling, from what they utter and how they move.

Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels
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Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels

A new digital map uses satellite radar imagery to identify potential illegal fishing vessels.

Ethereum Mining Is Going Away
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Ethereum Mining Is Going Away

Ethereum mining could end soon due to "the Merge," leaving as many as 1 million miners out of a source of income.

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution
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Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution

Researchers have established a global archive of linguistic data to provide new insights into the evolution of the words and sounds of spoken languages.

Stronger Security for Smart Devices
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Stronger Security for Smart Devices

Two new security techniques block power and electromagnetic side-channel attacks targeting analog-to-digital converters in smart devices.

Amazon Will Deliver Packages via Drone for First Time in U.S. Later This Year
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Amazon Will Deliver Packages via Drone for First Time in U.S. Later This Year

Amazon is seeking permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and local officials to begin drone deliveries in Lockeford, CA, later this year.

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer
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Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has acquired that government's first quantum computer from London-based Orca Computing.

Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer
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How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Justice increasingly is being allowed to delete malware from Americans' computers without their knowledge or authorization.

Canadian Internet Outage Attributed to Beaver
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Canadian Internet Outage Attributed to Beaver

The beaver's assault continues a long tradition of animals messing with the cables humans put where they live.

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City
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Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian province is investing C$23 million (US$17.9 million) in the University of Calgary Quantum City hub....

Nature Publishes Chinese Scientists' Breakthrough in Quantum Computing
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Nature Publishes Chinese Scientists' Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

The tunable MZM lattice can help overcome environment interference, providing a more reliable, more efficient quantum computing capability.

MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched
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MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched

The vulnerability is rooted in pointer authentication codes.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts
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Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts

Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's...
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