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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab
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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab

Research by DappRadar indicates that over the past year, people and companies have spent $1.93 billion in cryptocurrency to purchase virtual “real estate” in the...

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us to 'Ignore' Web3
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Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us to 'Ignore' Web3

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, considers Web3 nonviable for building the next iteration of the Internet...

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers
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U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers

"Close, constant surveillance and management through electronic means threaten employees' basic ability to exercise their rights."

Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over
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Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over

Estimates from Bot Sentinel suggest more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, while a half-million more were suspended...

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos
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Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

Misleading edits, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to warp reality on the popular video platform.

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.

Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes
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Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes

Scientists at Denmark's University of Copenhagen (KU) has found widespread online gender bias to be a disadvantage for female politicians.

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...

Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives
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Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives

At least five Twitter executives have left in recent days, as one of the world's largest ad companies said clients should pause spending on the social media platform...

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King
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Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King

The new Twitter owner has fired back at the author, whose horrified "f*** that" reaction to a plan to charge for a verification went viral: "We need to pay the...

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.
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