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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...

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions
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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions

Researchers vetted the security of blockchain software's distributed ledger technologies for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It
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What Quantum Information, Snowflakes Have in Common, and What We Can Do About It

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to read out signals from a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) using laser light, without destroying it.

The Open Secret of Google Search
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The Open Secret of Google Search

One of the most-used tools on the Internet is not what it used to be.

Building a Practical Quantum Computer
From Communications of the ACM

Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Quantum computation has a long road ahead.

Brain Implants Get Real
From Communications of the ACM

Brain Implants Get Real

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

Using Makeup to Block Surveillance
From Communications of the ACM

Using Makeup to Block Surveillance

Altering one's facial features with a special type of makeup can keep them from being recognized by artificial intelligence.

Fabric that Can 'Hear' Your Heartbeat Developed by MIT Scientists
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Fabric that Can 'Hear' Your Heartbeat Developed by MIT Scientists

The researchers say the fabric allows wearers to monitor their heart and breathing in a comfortable way over long periods, and could also be used to communicate...

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'
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Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'

The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition...

Engineers Build LEGO-Like AI Chip
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Engineers Build LEGO-Like AI Chip

An international team of  researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chip that is stackable and reconfigurable, similar to LEGO bricks.

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.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation
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China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation

Chinese police analyze human behaviors to ensure facial recognition cameras capture as much activity as possible.

Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
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Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

Technology helps to interpret what animals are thinking and feeling, from what they utter and how they move.

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies
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Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies

Scientists have formulated a new beginner-level guide for quantum computer programmers.
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