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Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups
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Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups

Persistent flaws in software for setting up COVID-19 vaccination appointments online threaten to slow the U.S. vaccine rollout.

Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT
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Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT

HackerOne's 2021 Hacker Report reveals a 63% jump in the number of ethical hackers submitting vulnerabilities to bug bounty programs during the last year.

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer
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Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer

Israel's Innovation Authority and Defense Ministry have committed $60 million to building the country's first quantum computer.

White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All
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Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All

A new report found that the hardest and perhaps most promising work of deep learning may lie in the realm of robotics,

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Computer Love
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Computer Love

A computer simulation developed by Dan Conroy-Beam at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a framework for evaluating theories of human mate choice...

Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows
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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows

Simulations of COVID-19 transmission within households conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa found that persons 20 years and younger have less coronavirus...

Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee
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Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee

A new blockchain platform named Lygon, formed by Australian banks ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac, IBM, and shopping center company Scentre...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs
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Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs

BleepingComputer has identified a new targeted phishing campaign in which emails pretending to be company invoices use Morse code in an attachment to hide malicious...

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild
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Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild

Apple has released patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans
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Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans

DOPE has remained hidden because it was successful.

Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws
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Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws

Attackers are exploiting the same types of software vulnerabilities over and over again, because companies often miss the forest for the trees

Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.
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