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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
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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.  

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess
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How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google's chief Internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can't always tell good information from bad.

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet
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Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

The Internet giant is throwing tracking cookies in the dustbin, prompting big questions about privacy, competition, and advertising.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility
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Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google a Public Utility

The complaint alleges Google's "self-preferencing Results-page architecture" resulted in nearly two-thirds of Google searches in 2020 being completed without users...

Semantics Beats Syntax
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Semantics Beats Syntax

IBM, Google, and Microsoft are all developing algorithms that understand the meaning of words.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware
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Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware

Cybersecurity researchers have found hackers are using search engine optimization to push compromised websites higher up Google's rankings.

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
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Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.
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