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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw

Bad actors can exploit the flaw to remotely run code on victims' computers.

Will AI Rewrite Coding?
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Will AI Rewrite Coding?

There is an emerging effort to tap artificial intelligence to write code based on short text descriptions of what the code should do.

What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?
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What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?

Different universities have different answers for the question, reflecting both their teaching philosophies and their sense of which language will prove most important...

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots
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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?

Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction
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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction

The study concludes about a third of social media use are linked to self-control problems and habit formation engendered by our digital technology.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them
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Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them

SophosLabs researcher Andrew Brandt has discovered malware that identifies and blocks software pirates.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Formal Software Verification Measures Up
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Formal Software Verification Measures Up

Verified coding techniques use mathematical proofs to ensure code is error-free and hacker-resistant. Can the approach revolutionize software?

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event
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Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Don't expect any significant updates in new Windows 10 preview builds for the next few weeks. It's all about testing the servicing pipeline with new cumulative...
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