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Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments
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Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments

Momentum and capital are building for startups developing chips that process data via light rather than wires.

Improved Approach to the 'Traveling Salesperson Problem' Could Boost Logistics, Transport Sectors
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Improved Approach to the 'Traveling Salesperson Problem' Could Boost Logistics, Transport Sectors

Researchers have developed an enhanced approach to the Traveling Salesperson Problem that yields high-quality solutions at a faster rate than other cutting-edge...

House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood
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House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Despite millions of dollars in losses, iBuying's failure doesn't signal the end of tech-led disruption, just a fumbled beginning.

Estimating the Informativeness of Data
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Estimating the Informativeness of Data

MIT researchers can now estimate how much information data are likely to contain, in a more accurate and scalable way than previous methods.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion
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´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.

Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time
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Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time

Using only her own ability to engineer code, Jane Manchun Wong is keeping tech on its toes.

Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab
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Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab

The firm is trying to bridge academia and the crypto industry, an unusual investment in venture capital.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support
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Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support

A team of researchers demonstrated that non-invasive respiratory support is more likely to be successful if it relies on significantly reducing patients' efforts...

Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms
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Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms

Researchers at the University of Georgia developed an algorithm for assessing a tract of land's conservation value by factoring in variables excluded from other...

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency
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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.

AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor
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AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in "smart" computing capabilities.

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022
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These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

Unlike sectors such as hospitality, the cloud computing industry continued to grow in 2020 and onwards. But it's not stopping there.
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