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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

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.

The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips
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The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips

A U.S.-born chip technology called RISC-V has become critical to China's ambitions. Washington is debating whether and how to limit the technology.

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
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Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years
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U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years

The government said a group linked to Russia's intelligence service carried out sustained operations to undermine trust in Britain's political system.

Fake Reviews Are Rampant Online. Can a Crackdown End Them?
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Fake Reviews Are Rampant Online. Can a Crackdown End Them?

A wave of regulation and industry action has placed the flourishing fake review business on notice. But experts say the problem may be insurmountable.

Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize
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Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize

When summarizing facts, ChatGPT technology makes things up about 3% of the time, according to research from a new start-up. A Google system's rate was 27%.

An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.
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An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.

The nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, led by a respected computer scientist who sold his company to Apple, is trying to democratize cutting-edge research.

The Race to Save Secrets from Future Computers
From ACM TechNews

The Race to Save Secrets from Future Computers

China, Russia, and the U.S. are racing to find ways to prevent future quantum computers from cracking long-supported encryption protocols.

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok
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'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok

TikTok accounts are spreading falsehoods with the help from A.I.-generated voices.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation
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E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance
From ACM News

Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance

Artificial intelligence tools have given scammers a potent weapon for trying to trick people into sending them money.

YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says
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YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says

Adalytics reported Google's YouTube advertised adult products from over 300 brands on close to 100 YouTube videos geared toward children, with several ads displaying...

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps
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Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Brian Levine and a dozen computer scientists have developed a computational model that evaluates customer reviews of social...

What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?
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What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?

People have little protection or recourse when the technology creates and spreads falsehoods about them.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations

U.S. security officials say the White House is hunting for malware purportedly concealed by China within infrastructure critical to U.S. military bases.

The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here
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The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here

The long-anticipated automation revolution has begun. Robots are ready to operate forklifts and do laundry. It's not as scary as it sounds.
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