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China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks
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China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks

New regulations from China's Cyberspace Administration that go into effect Jan. 10, 2023, ban the creation of media using artificial intelligence without watermarks...

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing
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Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an automated technique that uses machine learning to identify doxing on social media.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

Bluetooth Security Challenged
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Bluetooth Security Challenged

Researchers identify a security loophole in the wireless standard.

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware
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U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware

Yet the threat remains pervasive.

Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers
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Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers

Three-quarters of devices that keep facilities like electricity and water treatment plants safe and operational have severe, unpatched cybersecurity vulnerabilities...

Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC
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Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC

Mordechai Guri at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev transmitted stolen data from a personal computer by manipulating the device's power supply.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
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Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid
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Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid

Plus: Chinese hackers stealing U.S. Covid relief funds, a cyberattack on the Met Opera website, and more.

Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network
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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network

Microsoft agrees multi-cloud strategy is "the right one" for U.S. Defense Department.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.

Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?
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Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?

The ethics of neurotechnology lags behind the science.

San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan
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San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan

The city rolled back a controversial decision to let robots use lethal force without human intervention. But the fight is far from over.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.
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Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.

Facebook announced a forthcoming test of age verification technologies on its Facebook Dating service in the U.S.

A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan
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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan

Bitcoin miners say they can help stabilize a shaky power grid and prevent blackouts. Experts say it will make the problem worse.

Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic
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Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic

Big Brother, small sum.
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