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DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace
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DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace

The Justice Department called the seizure the largest involving cryptocurrency in its history and the second-largest financial seizure ever.

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator
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Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

New research found an individual's trust in online content moderation systems depends on whether the moderator is human or artificial intelligence, and the type...

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression
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Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.

Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot
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Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

"Who's at fault, man or machine?"

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons
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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions...

Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders
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Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders

Researchers at Canada's University of Toronto are leveraging microelectronics and artificial intelligence to make neural implants smarter and safer.

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Small Sensors for Big Challenges
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Small Sensors for Big Challenges

Shwetak Patel hopes to build something that could impact the lives of a billion people.

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs
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Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs

Japan's government is urging the public to sign up for digital IDs, warning they could lose access to public health insurance otherwise.

Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse
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Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse

A set of software tools rolled out by Adobe Inc. aims to facilitate the development three-dimensional digital objects for marketing campaigns, video games, and...

White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector
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White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector

The 100-day grid cybersecurity sprint led to over 150 utilities deploying new technologies to improve cybersecurity defenses, according to a DOE press release. ...

New Method Exposes How Artificial Intelligence Works
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New Method Exposes How Artificial Intelligence Works

The neural networks are harder to fool thanks to adversarial training.
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