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Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit
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Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit

The space-cloud initiative is targeting military and commercial customers and comes after Amazon announced its own space effort,

Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye
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Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for imaging and tracking the interactions of microscopic immune cells in a human eye without using...

U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

The Justice Department filed its long-awaited lawsuit against Google.

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot
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Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia
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Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia

Check-in computers unable to accommodate record turnouts were mainly to blame for slow-moving lines at early voting locations this week in Georgia.

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
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Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor in the X4 smartwatch marketed by children's watch vendor Xplora.

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

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.

Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs
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Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs

Researchers used a new computer model to show the impact of gas clouds on the exponential fade in galaxy discs in an effort to explain star distributions.

In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life
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In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life

Singaporeans will be able to access government and other services through a facial recognition feature in its SingPass national identity program.

Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus
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Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus

Humidity can have a major impact on the dispersion of virus particles, according to a study by researchers at Kobe University in Japan and research giant Riken....

U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security
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U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security

The U.S. National Security Council on Thursday issued guidelines to protect technologies crucial to national security.

CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads
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CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads

"Before the end of the year, we'll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF—without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel," Cruise CEO Dan Ammannwrote in a...

‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

2.1 Million of the Oldest Internet Posts Are Now Online for Anyone to Read
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2.1 Million of the Oldest Internet Posts Are Now Online for Anyone to Read

Jozef Jarosciak just put millions of early Usenet posts on a browsable archive for the first time.

How Old is Your Brain?
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How Old is Your Brain?

Machine learning can help assess the physical age of one’s brain.
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