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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'
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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'

Microsoft's termination of the Internet Explorer browser has sparked panic among businesses and government agencies in Japan that delayed updating their websites...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement
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Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement

n addition to the $150 million penalty, Twitter agreed to notify users that it misused the security data.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

Brain Implants Get Real
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Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

Hybrid Work Meetings Are Hell. Tech Is Trying to Fix Them
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Hybrid Work Meetings Are Hell. Tech Is Trying to Fix Them

Technology companies are rolling out new options for hybrid meetings.

White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse
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White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse

Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings...

Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution
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Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution

Researchers have established a global archive of linguistic data to provide new insights into the evolution of the words and sounds of spoken languages.

Tech Giants Start Getting Real on AR
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Tech Giants Start Getting Real on AR

Big technology companies are scaling back their plans for augmented reality (AR) devices.

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Canadian Internet Outage Attributed to Beaver
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Canadian Internet Outage Attributed to Beaver

The beaver's assault continues a long tradition of animals messing with the cables humans put where they live.

Belly Up to a Virtual Bar
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Belly Up to a Virtual Bar

Various brands have established virtual bars in the metaverse where avatars can gather (although actual drinking is out of the question).

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them
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Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them

Apple and Google just look the other way. Here's how we stop it.

How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey
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Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey

Biomedical engineers have developed a quick response (QR) code to confirm whether a whiskey is authentic or counterfeit.
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