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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month
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YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month

YouTube has reduced the quality of video streaming to standard definition around the world in an effort to ease Internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak...

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations
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How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations

A collaboration by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute and its Department of Computer Science could enable automated transcription of ancient tablets...

DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems
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DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems

Researchers have found that next-generation 911 systems that accommodate text, images, and video continue to be vulnerable to many of the same cyberattacks as previous...

Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons
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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

The balloons are being fast-tracked to improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy
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Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy

Officials in Austria and Italy are using location data transmitted by mobile phones to determine the effectiveness of their coronavirus lockdown policies.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
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Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles...

Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug
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Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug

The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back.

How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?
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How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?

Information technology security experts assessing personal identification numbers codes for securing smartphones found six-digit PINs offer little more security...

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Spy in Your Pocket
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Spy in Your Pocket

Smartphones can analyze virtually every aspect of your personality, beliefs, and behaviors.

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
From ACM TechNews

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.
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