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Amazon Tests ML Software to Analyze Satellite Images from Space
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Amazon Tests ML Software to Analyze Satellite Images from Space

Amazon, Italian space startup D-Orbit, and Sweden's Unibap spent months testing how Amazon Web Services machine learning software analyzes satellite images and...

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips
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Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips

With access to x86 and ARM chips becoming increasingly difficult, Chinese companies turn their focus on to the open-source RISC-V architecture.

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart
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Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart

Researchers in China have invented a contactless electrocardiogram system that infers electrical signals through artificial intelligence and millimeter-wave radar...

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning
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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.

China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests
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China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass...

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

Cyberlaw: Where We Are and What's On the Horizon
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Cyberlaw: Where We Are and What's On the Horizon

Legislating for cyberspace means establishing new legal frameworks and rethinking existing ones. The global picture is mixed.

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.
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