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Virtual Reality Meets the Office
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Virtual Reality Meets the Office

"Virtual meeting spaces greatly expand the possibilities for online communication—and, at their best, create an environment that parallels or exceeds real world...

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits
From ACM TechNews

FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have detected attackers exploiting a Windows vulnerability against state and local...

VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells
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VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells

New software enables super-resolution microscopy data to be visualized and analyzed in virtual reality.

Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds
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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds

New software developed at North Carolina State University can identify and fix so-called hang bugs.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early
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GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early

GitHub last week launched a code-scanning tool to help developers identify flaws in code prior to its public rollout.

Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom
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Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom

A hacker who locked computer servers in Las Vegas' Clark County School District with ransomware released documents with stolen private data after officials refused...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
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One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties
From ACM TechNews

This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties

More than $44.75 million in bounties was awarded to hackers worldwide over the past year, up 86% year-on-year, according to HackerOne.

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science
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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing...

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time
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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.

Fran Allen
From Communications of the ACM

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

Frances E. Allen was the first woman recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs
From ACM TechNews

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs

Security researchers found that Apple inadvertently passed a well-known form of malware for use on Mac systems through its notarization process.

Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most
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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork found that freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Enigma of Family Secrets
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The Enigma of Family Secrets

In 53 years of marriage, Goldman never reveals being a member of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchsman's team that built and perfected the machine called the Bombe that...

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake
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Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

U.K. ocean-research nonprofit Promare will launch an autonomous boat next spring to retrace the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower.
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