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Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science
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Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science

AI hype has researchers in fields from medicine to sociology rushing to use techniques they don't always understand—causing a wave of spurious results.

Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'
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Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'

The Zero Day Initiative has found a concerning uptick in security updates that fail to fix vulnerabilities.

Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk
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Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk

Security researcher Zachary Minneker discovered a flaw in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA records platform and determined that hackers easily can...

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis
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Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis

With studies predicting more extreme weather in the coming years, datacenters need to be prepared.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.

Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?
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Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?

Quantum-proof encryption is here—decades before it can be put to the test.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse
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The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they're building will be a far cry from Meta's virtual world.

The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence
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The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence

Artificial intelligence use is booming, but it's not the secret weapon you might imagine.

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

Apple Just Killed the Password—for Real This Time
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Apple Just Killed the Password—for Real This Time

Apple's iOS 16 and macOS Ventura will introduce passwordless login for apps and websites. It's only the beginning.

The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware
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The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware

As governments crack down on ransomware, cybercriminals may soon shift to business email compromise—already the world's most profitable type of scam.

Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage
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Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage

The supply chain issues have no end in sight, so manufacturers are being forced to improvise.

Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct
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Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct

Google employees claim a senior researcher fired earlier this year sought to undermine two more junior AI researchers by suggesting their results were wrong or...

Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
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Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, Microsoft's AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.
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