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Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees
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Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees

Technology companies are monitoring honey bee colonies remotely to investigate hive die-offs, in efforts to improve their survival.

How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?
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How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

Researchers investigated virtual learning's shortcomings and proposed approaches for improving the experience.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...

Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped
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You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in the U.S. and China who think others are being deceived by online misinformation on COVID-19 are more likely to back corporate and political countermeasures...

AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation
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AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation

The Reconnaissance of Influence Operations program was developed to identify disinformation narratives and the individuals spreading them via social media.

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Internet Outage Hits Major Websites
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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Hourlong disruption affected sites including The New York Times, U.K. government portal; cloud-services provider Fastly reports internal problem.

Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices
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Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Brown University bioengineers have developed an algorithm that could clear a path to more adaptive deep brain stimulation technology.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live
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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin
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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire...

Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered
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Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

The Twitter Trends platform's algorithm for identifying and alerting Twitter users to popular hashtag-fueled topics is vulnerable to mass-scale manipulation, researchers...

Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet
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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information...

The Internet Goes Quantum
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The Internet Goes Quantum

A global network that would use quantum "entanglement" to weave intimate ties between far-flung users is beginning to take shape.

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law
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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

The court said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not cover people who "have improper motives for obtaining the information that is otherwise available to them...
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