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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...

As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack
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As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack

Robots increasingly are filling some of the most common job roles in warehousing and logistics due to the explosion of e-commerce, Covid-19 stay-at-home orders,...

Yale Quantum Researchers Create Error-Correcting Cat
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Yale Quantum Researchers Create Error-Correcting Cat

A new device integrates the “Schrodinger's cat” concept of superposition—a physical system in two states simultaneously—with the ability to correct some of the...

Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar
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Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar

U.S. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard Thursday detailed her agency's research plans on the potential development of a U.S. central bank digital currency,...

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies
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Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies

Fidelity Investments was among the companies involved in testing the new service, which will allow businesses to experiment with the super-fast computing.

U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups
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U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups

ISIS and other groups openly solicited virtual currency donations because they mistakenly believed that the transactions would be anonymous, officials said.

A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems
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A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Labs have developed a new memristor-based annealing system that can solve combinatorial optimization problems rapidly and efficiently...

Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Dies at Age 91
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Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Dies at Age 91

In 1957, Kirsch created a 2-by-2-inch black-and-white digital image of his son Walden as an infant, among the first images ever scanned into a computer, using a...

Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan
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Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan

At the Black Hat USA 2020 conferences, cybersecurity researchers explained how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities in SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) to gain...

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design
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Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design

Google Brain researchers have created an automated coding tool for machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, that outperforms humans on challenging development...

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...

Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System
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Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System

Google said Android phones will begin detecting earthquakes from around the world through their motion-sensing accelerometers.

Picking Locks with Audio Technology
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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

How eavesdropping smartphones could give thieves a copy of your front door key.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle

Research by scientists in Australia and Canada has led to a possible solution to controlling "noise" in quantum computers, errors introduced by manipulation of...

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...

3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,
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