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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch
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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

A commercial smartwatch's green light-emitting diode can trigger an implanted molecular switch to regulate insulin production, thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich...

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks
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PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Shadow Figment technology is designed to contain cyberattacks by luring hackers into artificial environments and feeding them false indicators of success.

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin
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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire...

FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof
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FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof

Rarely seen miscalculations now crop up frequently at cloud hyperscale.

White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections
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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks.

EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life
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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

The European Union has announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.

Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered
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Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

The Twitter Trends platform's algorithm for identifying and alerting Twitter users to popular hashtag-fueled topics is vulnerable to mass-scale manipulation, researchers...

Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber
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Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineering researchers collaborated on the design of the first programmable digital fiber.

Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet
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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information...

The Internet Goes Quantum
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The Internet Goes Quantum

A global network that would use quantum "entanglement" to weave intimate ties between far-flung users is beginning to take shape.

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says
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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.

Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again
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Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again

See the chaos of the Internet in this ridiculously detailed world map.

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law
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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

The court said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not cover people who "have improper motives for obtaining the information that is otherwise available to them...

Google Says It's Committed to Ethical AI Research. Its Ethical AI Team Isn't So Sure
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Google Says It's Committed to Ethical AI Research. Its Ethical AI Team Isn't So Sure

Six months after Timnit Gebru left, Google's ethical artificial intelligence team is still in a state of upheaval.

This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection
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This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection

Researchers outline common tactics for circumventing the security software.

Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War
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Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War

Israel's military calls its recent campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) war.

The Robot Smiled Back
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The Robot Smiled Back

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed an autonomous robot whose face can mimic the expressions of nearby humans.

Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications
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Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications

CodeShield software can detect and patch security bugs in cloud applications by automatically analyzing vulnerabilities in the program code.

Brain-Computer Interface Smashes Previous Record for Typing Speed
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Brain-Computer Interface Smashes Previous Record for Typing Speed

Imagining writing-by-hand is faster than imagining moving a cursor in new BCI system.
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