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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

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...

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game
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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.
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Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.

Two Marin County, CA, high school students built apps to help local schools contain the spread of Covid-19, hoping to encourage in-person attendance while maintaining...

Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election
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Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election

U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) has launched a campaign to temporarily disrupt the world's largest botnet, in order to mitigate its potential interference in the...

Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides
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Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides

Amazon on Thursday opened its first Fresh grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, featuring no checkout lines, smart shopping carts, and...

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums
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Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

A new study found that more comment moderation is necessary to curtail racist and white supremacist content on Reddit.

NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

A New York University report urges social media companies to stop outsourcing the moderation of their content.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work
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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease
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Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a spate of vaping-related injuries and deaths required building a new data-collection...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.
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People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects...
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