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In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "was a statesman in the best sense of the word, as well as a great leader, a very kind man, and a fine engineer," said fellow ACM A.M....

Remembering Valérie Issarny
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Valérie Issarny

Computer scientist Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and chair of the ACM Europe...

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology
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University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology

The goal of the $20-million smart intersections project is to have intersections communicate with the technology in cars to warn drivers of potential dangers that...

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
From ACM News

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
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OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 38 member-states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal...

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
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U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark
From ACM News

Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark

The amount of money deployed indicates an ability to address systemic industry challenges and opens up access to low-cost capital.

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows
From ACM News

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows

Beijing typically "retaliates fully plus 10 percent," but this time it doesn't seem to have many punitive options.

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
From ACM TechNews

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare
From ACM TechNews

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks
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China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks

New regulations from China's Cyberspace Administration that go into effect Jan. 10, 2023, ban the creation of media using artificial intelligence without watermarks...

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an automated technique that uses machine learning to identify doxing on social media.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

Bluetooth Security Challenged
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Bluetooth Security Challenged

Researchers identify a security loophole in the wireless standard.

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware
From ACM News

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware

Yet the threat remains pervasive.

Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers
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Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers

Three-quarters of devices that keep facilities like electricity and water treatment plants safe and operational have severe, unpatched cybersecurity vulnerabilities...

Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC
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Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC

Mordechai Guri at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev transmitted stolen data from a personal computer by manipulating the device's power supply.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
From ACM News

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...
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