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Google agrees to pay French publishers for news
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Google agrees to pay French publishers for news

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms
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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays...

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites
From ACM TechNews

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

A robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton mimics the efficient swimming movements of the moon jellyfish...

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings
From ACM TechNews

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times
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Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic...

Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close
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Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company's high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

Once again, the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2020 included more than a bit of coverage on  programming and programming languages.

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit
From ACM TechNews

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

A prototype artificial intelligence developed by Colorado State University researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.

Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices
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Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Investigators with Google's Project Zero exploit research team uncovered a hacking campaign that used four zero-day exploits to install malware on Android and Windows...

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine
From ACM TechNews

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have spent the past five years working to upgrade to the large hadron collider, the largest particle...

NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science
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NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science

Astrobee flying robots are being prepared by astronauts on the International Space Station, to help perform science investigations.

Quantum Internet Signals Beamed Between Drones a Kilometer Apart
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Quantum Internet Signals Beamed Between Drones a Kilometer Apart

Researchers have sent entangled photons between two 35-kilogram drones located a kilometer apart, a development that could pave the way for quantum encryption. ...

Robotic Swarm Swims Like a School of Fish
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Robotic Swarm Swims Like a School of Fish

Fish-inspired robots can synchronize their movements like an actual school of fish, without outside control.

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”
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“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

Additional 5G spectrum is on the way…but which entity will control it?

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
From ACM TechNews

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...
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