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The Text File that Runs the Internet
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The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web...

Open Source Security Chip Released
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Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.

Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls
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Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Northeastern University researchers have developed a way to access video feeds from home security, dashboard, and smartphone cameras through walls.

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time
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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.

Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention
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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.

Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites
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Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites

A study by computer scientists revealed that interacting with political campaign websites puts people's personal information at risk.

Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting
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Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting

Employees at a multinational company were duped into transferring HK$200 million (US$25.6 million) to local bank accounts after a deepfake video conference call...

Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles
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Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Computer scientists developed of method to ensure end-to-end safety of autonomous vehicles by guaranteeing the results of the machine learning algorithms used to...

Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction
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Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction

Researchers demonstrated that a laser-generated light pulse containing several photons can be used to build a photonic quantum computer.

Meta Calls for Industry Effort to Label A.I.-Generated Content
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Meta Calls for Industry Effort to Label A.I.-Generated Content

The social network wants to promote standardized labels to help detect artificially created photo, video and audio material across its platforms.

India Tells Tech Giants to Police Deepfakes
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India Tells Tech Giants to Police Deepfakes

As India prepares for a general election this year, a government official said social media companies will be held accountable for AI-generated deepfakes on their...

FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure
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FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

During a U.S. House committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that his agency had shut down the China-backed hacking group known as "Volt Typhoon...

Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk
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Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk

Japan's rules for the submission of official documents to the government no longer mention physical media like floppy disks, CD-ROMs, or other "electronic recording...

Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Is Charged
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Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Is Charged

Fulton County, GA, experienced a cyberattack over the weekend that affected its court, tax, firearms, and marriage-license systems.

ChatGPT Violated European Privacy Laws, Italy Tells OpenAI
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ChatGPT Violated European Privacy Laws, Italy Tells OpenAI

Italy's data protection authority told OpenAI that its ChatGPT AI chatbot violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program
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Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program

Amazon's Ring announced law enforcement and government agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit footage from doorbell cameras directly from users through the...

Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications
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Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications

Companies are being compelled to turn over potentially valuable push notification metadata to authorities.
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