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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram
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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

The development comes as the country grapples with a wave of school attacks.

Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together
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Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together

Scientists at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.K.'s University of Glasgow led research to help pet parrots communicate...

DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible
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DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible

The costs of hardware required for brain-computer interfaces, particularly electrodes and amplifiers, have made it difficult for researchers outside big tech companies...

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

Computing and Social Responsibility
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Computing and Social Responsibility

Hardware, software, and social media companies increasingly must consider the potential social and ethical risks of their products.

The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up
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The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up

Early adopters thought cryptocurrencies would be free from prying eyes, but tracking the flow of funds has become a big business.

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems
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Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems

Reddit announced it will begin charging for access to its application programming interface.

Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets
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Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets

Scientists from Slovak security firm ESET found that half of the used routers its researchers purchased for testing were loaded with sensitive corporate information...

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
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AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
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Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

Can even secure open source software ever be considered truly safe?

What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?
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What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?

ChatGPT and other bots have revived conversations on artificial general intelligence. Scientists say algorithms won't surpass you any time soon.

Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk
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Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk

Twitter will no longer be available on Microsoft Advertising as the service relies on API access.

The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers
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The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers

Increasingly, the future of the Internet Archive looks under threat.

Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors
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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors

A project at Carnegie Mellon University to build a secure Internet of Things infrastructure has erupted into a dispute over monitoring and privacy.

The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow
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The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow

Veterinary telemedicine could help more pet owners access much-needed care and put anxious animals at ease, but challenges remain.

China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries
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China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries

The China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation is offering a ticketing system that unifies different ticket selling platforms in more than 140 countries in a...

Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?
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Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?

Seeking a better deal for bitcoin and its ilk in Web3 and the Metaverse.

Smartphone-based Satellite Connectivity to Move Beyond Emergency Services
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Smartphone-based Satellite Connectivity to Move Beyond Emergency Services

Different approaches emerge in the race to provide direct-to-satellite smartphone services.

U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?
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U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?

Limited access to high-end semiconductor chips poses a major threat to China's world-leading smartphone manufacturing industry.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...
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