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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing
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Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing

Iowa State University researchers have solved the mystery of the inverse fast Fourier transform algorithm.

Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign
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Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign

Microsoft says a hacker group connected to the Iranian government has tried to compromise email accounts of a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S...

Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City
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Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City

Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japanese trading company Sumitomo have announced a $4.21-billion smart-city development on the outskirts of Hanoi to begin next...

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...

Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol
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Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Congressional antitrust investigators are vetting Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol out of worry it could limit competitors' access to consumer data...

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds
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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Researchers have found that governments worldwide are stepping up their online disinformation campaigns despite more aggressive regulatory efforts by Internet platforms...

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia
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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those...

Protecting Industrial Control Systems
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Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

Closing In on Quantum Error Correction
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Closing In on Quantum Error Correction

Quantum computers will only become practical when they implement quantum error correction.

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.

Head in the Clouds
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Head in the Clouds

Brain-computer interfaces, like so much else, may be migrating to the cloud.

The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot
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The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot

Many robotic systems are not fully autonomous and require, at the very least, humans monitoring them from afar.
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