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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

Quantum Computers and the Universe
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Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites
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Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites

An optical data link was demonstrated over 10km  (more than six miles) of open air in a field experiment in the Netherlands.

Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States
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Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States

The company will change its location tracking disclosures in 2023.

U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation
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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner at all times. ...

Hacking the Metaverse
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Hacking the Metaverse

Louisiana State University's Abe Baggili and colleagues tested the security of immersive virtual reality and X-reality systems for weaknesses.

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

Setting the Internet of Things Free -- of Batteries
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Setting the Internet of Things Free -- of Batteries

Increasingly, sensors and other Internet of Things devices will be powered by ambient energies.

Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab
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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab

Research by DappRadar indicates that over the past year, people and companies have spent $1.93 billion in cryptocurrency to purchase virtual “real estate” in the...

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over
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Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over

Estimates from Bot Sentinel suggest more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, while a half-million more were suspended...

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos
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Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

Misleading edits, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to warp reality on the popular video platform.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes
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Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes

Scientists at Denmark's University of Copenhagen (KU) has found widespread online gender bias to be a disadvantage for female politicians.

Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives
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Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives

At least five Twitter executives have left in recent days, as one of the world's largest ad companies said clients should pause spending on the social media platform...

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons
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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions...
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