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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service
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Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service

Amazon Web Services has launched a platform that lets enterprise customers explore how they could benefit from quantum computers by developing and testing quantum...

A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?
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A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?

A report found that 13 innovation industries were mainly sited in a handful of urban areas in the U.S.

Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors
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Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that is programmable with either photons or electrons.

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code
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Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Facebook has reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp messaging software that allows malefactors to conduct denial-of-service or remote code execution attacks.

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping
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Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Researchers have found dark patterns, or deceptive practices employed by user interface designs, frequently used on shopping websites of popular online retailers...

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease
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Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a spate of vaping-related injuries and deaths required building a new data-collection...

Tracking the Eye of the Pilot
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Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

Researchers have developed and tested eye-tracking software for use in training pilots.

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche
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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage
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Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage

U.S. tech sector skews younger than the workforce as a whole, with the largest gap among employees 35 to 44.

Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell
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Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell

A study by Cornell University researchers raises doubts about algorithms' ability to make fair decisions when screening potential hires.

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative
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White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.
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