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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty
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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing
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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.

Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning
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Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Researchers say drones and advanced machine learning can be used to detect improvised explosive devices and butterfly landmines.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers
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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges
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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears
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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing
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Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Apple and Google released software on Wednesday that will allow public health agencies around the world to build their own apps to track who may have been exposed...

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats
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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose
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Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose

After analyzing more than 1 million samples of Android malware, researchershave found that malware coding is being hidden more cleverly.

Tactical Deceit
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Tactical Deceit

The art and science of deception technology.

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
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COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks
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Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks

Researchers have discovered a new strain of malware built to infect Linux-based servers and smart Internet of Things devices.
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