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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms
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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms

Farm-equipment company Deere aims to network farms in remote regions of Brazil and the U.S. via satellites.

China's Metaverse Is All About Work
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China's Metaverse Is All About Work

China's government aims to build a metaverse that supports the economy, while its Western counterparts are focused on consumers.

FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data
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FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data

FTC says the company violated 2020 privacy order; proposes new protections for children and teens.

States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet
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States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

New age restrictions for minors on sites like TikTok and Pornhub could also hinder adults' access to online services.

What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?
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What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?

Researchers at Drexel and Vanderbilt universities investigated adolescent Instagram users' experiences on the social media platform to ensure they receive requested...

Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World
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Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World

The World Wide Web's launch three decades ago marked the beginning of the Internet's evolution into the revolutionary communications tool it has become.

AR Art Takes Over British City
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AR Art Takes Over British City

The U.K. city of Sheffield has transformed its rooftops into an augmented reality-based art display.

Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram
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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

The development comes as the country grapples with a wave of school attacks.

Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together
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Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together

Scientists at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.K.'s University of Glasgow led research to help pet parrots communicate...

DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible
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DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible

The costs of hardware required for brain-computer interfaces, particularly electrodes and amplifiers, have made it difficult for researchers outside big tech companies...

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

Computing and Social Responsibility
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Computing and Social Responsibility

Hardware, software, and social media companies increasingly must consider the potential social and ethical risks of their products.

The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up
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The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up

Early adopters thought cryptocurrencies would be free from prying eyes, but tracking the flow of funds has become a big business.

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems
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Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems

Reddit announced it will begin charging for access to its application programming interface.

Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets
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Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets

Scientists from Slovak security firm ESET found that half of the used routers its researchers purchased for testing were loaded with sensitive corporate information...

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
From Communications of the ACM

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
From Communications of the ACM

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

Can even secure open source software ever be considered truly safe?

What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?
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What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?

ChatGPT and other bots have revived conversations on artificial general intelligence. Scientists say algorithms won't surpass you any time soon.

Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk
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Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk

Twitter will no longer be available on Microsoft Advertising as the service relies on API access.

The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers
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The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers

Increasingly, the future of the Internet Archive looks under threat.
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