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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


 Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data
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Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform

Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer
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Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

A quantum computer completed a calculation in 4.2 hours that would have taken a classical system thousands of years.

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins
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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees
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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.

Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication
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Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication

A new amplifier promises to revolutionize space and fiber communications.

CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware
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CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware


 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.

Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero
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Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero

With cybersecurity under increasing attacks, experts say we should move to the Zero Trust Architecture. 

A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems
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A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems

Scientists have vastly accelerated the speed and efficiency of reservoir computing to tackle some of the most difficult information processing challenges.

2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential
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2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential

The research is significant because of the vast array of problems that can be addressed using Monte Carlo simulations.

Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers
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Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers

Real estate companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence in every aspect of buying, selling and home financing.

Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer
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Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai used a quantum computer to design a quantum bit that could power better quantum systems...

Now We're Cooking with Lasers
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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Experiments by Columbia University researchers have considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample...

'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations
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'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations

A research team at Cornell University has developed a recommendation algorithm that could improve Spotify by incorporating both likes and dislikes.

Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI
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Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI

Artificial intelligence-driven investigations into COVID treatments are yielding insights for application to future pandemic responses.

Flatter Chips
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Flatter Chips

Two-dimensional materials — graphene and its cousins — could enable better integrated circuits.

Algorithmic Poverty
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Algorithmic Poverty

Algorithms can have a devastating impact on people's lives, especially if they already are struggling economically.

A Switch in Time
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A Switch in Time

The introduction of the nanosheet transistor is just one step in the continuing attempt to stick to the spirit of Moore's Law.

Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments
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Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Cybersecurity experts see exchanges as a weak point for ransomware gangs that otherwise operate wholly in on the Internet, all but untouchable by law enforcement...

Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds
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Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Drivers glanced less at the road and more on "non-driving related areas."
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