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ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation
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ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation

A new method for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control mechanisms use machine learning to balance energy cost, comfort, and efficiency while enabling...

Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision
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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision

The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that's the theory. Making it work has been much mess

Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks
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Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks

Cybercriminals are exploiting a fleet of more than 100,000 misconfigured servers to knock websites offline.

Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice
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Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice

The regulation of surveillance advertising used to be a fringe idea. Now it's in the State of the Union address, at least when it comes to kids.

Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New
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Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New

The company is undertaking a far-reaching effort to change how it works. For some, it is an echo of their early idealism and a vision for what the Internet could...

Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving
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Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving

An artificial intelligence system for automotive radar sensors filters out interfering signals from other radar sensors to improve object detection.

VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture
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VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture

Cornell University researchers have created a virtual reality tour of New York City's Red Hook Farms.

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

Ukraine Requests ICANN, Crypto Exchanges Block Russia
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Ukraine Requests ICANN, Crypto Exchanges Block Russia

Namecheap tells Russian customers to leave.

War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants
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War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants

Twitter said it would label all posts containing links to Russian state-affiliated media outlets, and Meta said it would restrict access to some EU outlets to ward...

Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants
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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.

Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches
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Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches

Technology conglomerate Cisco has issued software patches to correct four security flaws that hackers could exploit to commandeer affected systems.

Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions
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Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Blunt the Force of U.S. Sanctions

Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.

Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?
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Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?

Russia, Ukraine, and many of the latter's Western allies have the ability to launch cyberattacks on other nations, and both sides seem ready for digital skirmishes...

3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition
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3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition

U.K. surgeons saved the life of a baby girl with a rare heart condition using a three-dimensionally-printed model of her heart.

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
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IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The Internal Revenue Service has walked back a requirement for taxpayers to use facial recognition to access their online accounts.

Accelerating AI
From Communications of the ACM

Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW
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Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW

Some Seattle-area drivers in Mazdas are finding that the HD Radios in their vehicles will only play KUOW 94.9 FM, the National Public Radio station.

Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices
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Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices

A new technique allows the use of federated learning to train artificial intelligence  systems on wireless devices.
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