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Microsoft: 2021 is the Year Passwords Die
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Microsoft: 2021 is the Year Passwords Die

The software giant has highlighted the strides it made to kill off passwords in 2020, and has stated that it plans to make them a thing of the past for all its...

Geometric Deep Learning Advances Data Science
From Communications of the ACM

Geometric Deep Learning Advances Data Science

Researchers are pushing beyond the limitations of convolutional neural networks using geometric deep learning techniques.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
From Communications of the ACM

Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
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Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Microsoft's Lessons for Google
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Microsoft's Lessons for Google

What the Microsoft case teaches us about antitrust and the power of Big Tech today.

Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons
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Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons

Researchers warned Wednesday that up to 3 million devices have been infiltrated by malware-impregnated Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser extensions that...

Tiny Quantum Computer Solves Real Optimization Problem
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Tiny Quantum Computer Solves Real Optimization Problem

Researchers showed that a small but well-functioning quantum computer was able to solve a small portion of a real logistics problem in the aviation industry.

Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation
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Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation

Princeton University researchers have invented a programmable "metasurface" that lets engineers control and focus incoming terahertz waves.

More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of 'Grave Risk' to U.S. Government
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More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of 'Grave Risk' to U.S. Government

Minutes after the government statement, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned his administration would impose "substantial costs" on those responsible.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly
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Google Hit by Antitrust Lawsuit from nearly 40 States over Alleged Search Monopoly

The search giant is now facing three major antitrust lawsuits.

In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet
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In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet

No weapons were involved, and the plane was steered by a pilot.

Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”
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Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”

University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a chip that, with financial backing, could be scaled up and used to build the quantum simulator of the future...

Keeping It Local
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Keeping It Local

A breakthrough in energy-efficient artificial intelligence.

The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data
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The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data

Complaints against ride-hailing company Uber bring the issue of gig workers' data rights into sharp relief.

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming

Johns Hopkins University scientists mapped computer programmers' brain activity during coding exercises to uncover the underlying neural processes.

AI Can Predict Twitter Users Likely to Spread Disinformation Before They Do It
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AI Can Predict Twitter Users Likely to Spread Disinformation Before They Do It

Artificial intelligence predicted the likelihood of Twitter users spreading disinformation, using natural language processing techniques to analyze about 1 million...

Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans
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Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a Web-based Covid-19 testing impact calculator.

Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries
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Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries

A dinosaur's brain reconstructed through advanced imaging and three-dimensional modeling suggests the sauropod may have been bipedal and occasionally carnivorous...

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
From ACM TechNews

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.
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