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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data
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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
From ACM TechNews

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
From ACM TechNews

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips
From ACM News

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science
From ACM TechNews

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science

Brief exposure to an infographic about the scientific process could strengthen people's trust in science and mitigate COVID-19 misinformation.

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks
From ACM TechNews

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide...

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco
From ACM TechNews

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Technology job marketplace Hired said the push for remote work has caused technology salaries in New York City and San Francisco to fall.

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users
From ACM News

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Board set up by Facebook rebukes company after Wall Street Journal investigation into treatment of high-profile users.

Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know
From ACM News

Is Facebook Changing Its Name? Here's What to Know

Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, signaling that a name change could put these brands and more all under the same umbrella.

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping
From ACM TechNews

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

RealResponse has forged a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to use its technology platform to enable whistleblowers to report concerns about possible doping...

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
From ACM TechNews

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
From ACM TechNews

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

A University of Notre Dame's researcher built four-legged swarm robots capable of traversing rough terrain and performing complex tasks collectively.

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers
From ACM News

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
From ACM News

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament
From ACM News

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World
From ACM News

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules
From ACM TechNews

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots
From ACM News

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

They can make French fries, mix drinks, and even clean toilets, and they never ask for a raise. But they also break down.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
From ACM TechNews

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Pennsylvania State University scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents.  
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