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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
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Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI
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Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI

This policy briefing from the Turing Institute's Women in Data Science and AI project presents new research into gender gaps in artificial intelligence and data...

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.

Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule
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Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are using an artificial variation of DNA for data storage.

Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks
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Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks

A short-term technology may help clear a path toward next-generation computer hard disks by utilizing microwaves with existing platter material.

Synthetic Data: Even Better than the Real Thing?
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Synthetic Data: Even Better than the Real Thing?

Societal issues and new tools are driving synthetic data uptake. How does it stack up against its real-life counterpart?

Meet the Israeli Robot That 'Hears' Through Dead Locust's Ear
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Meet the Israeli Robot That 'Hears' Through Dead Locust's Ear

Researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) have connected a dead locust's auditory organ to a robot, which responds to the sounds it picks up.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data
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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack.

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior
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Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior

A study by Northwestern University researchers highlighted how the public can influence companies they think are misusing their data or engaging in unethical behavior...

The View from On High
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The View from On High

Satellite imagery could address the limitations in traditional sources of data.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
From Communications of the ACM

The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Fact-Finding Mission
From Communications of the ACM

Fact-Finding Mission

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