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Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around
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Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around

Java, JavaScript, and Python are the three most popular programming languages in use among developers.

Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began
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Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began

Organizers and demonstrators say they feel safer communicating with end-to-end encryption.

Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another
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Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another

Facebook says its TransCoder can convert code from one high-level programming language into another.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects
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Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

Researchers have developed a method to improve self-driving vehicles's ability to detect objects by enabling them to recognize empty space.

Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack
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Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play networking protocol could expose billions of smart home devices to cyberattack.

Farewell to Gummy Bear Jars: Tech Offices Get a Virus Safety Makeover
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Farewell to Gummy Bear Jars: Tech Offices Get a Virus Safety Makeover

Companies like Salesforce created workplaces with all the comforts of home, but now they may feel more like hospitals.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation
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Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation

More than half of respondents to the study who shared disinformation were 39 or younger.

U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web
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U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web

Researchers have found that data on millions of U.S. voters is being illegally traded on parts of the Internet not searchable using normal means.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
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Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover
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The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission on July 17.

NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

A New York University report urges social media companies to stop outsourcing the moderation of their content.

AI vs. AI
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AI vs. AI

Financial institutions use AI to create "synthetic identities" for customers; hackers use 'bad' AI to fool the 'good' AI.

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
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Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite.

For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism
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For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism

Scholars said they would not hold classes or lectures on Wednesday, and leading journals and scientific associations said they would not announce most breakthroughs...

Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software
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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

The company said it hoped the moratorium "might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules" for the technology.

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
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Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a 'brain on a chip' composed of tens of thousands of memristors.

Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus
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Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus

Stanford University researchers have developed a methodology that allows delivery drones to take the bus.
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