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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform

The attack, which lasted less than 15 seconds, was launched from a botnet of approximately 6,000 unique bots and originated from 112 countries around the world....

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net
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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

Raising Robovoices
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Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency
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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications
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Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications

The research could lead to hack-proof networks.

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms
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Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

The Ninth Circuit's decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers, and journalists who use tools to collect, or scrape, information that is publicly...

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
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Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small
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Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small

Scientists have developed microfludic-enabled three-dimensional (3D) printing of organs.

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

Web Surfing that Feels Instantaneous, Even Though It's Not
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Web Surfing that Feels Instantaneous, Even Though It's Not

Researchers have developed a design for a speed-of-light Internet network across 120 U.S. cities.

Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases
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Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases

A new algorithm can ascertain a person's mental state by extracting and analyzing 38 data points from their public Twitter profile.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.
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