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Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition

Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition

Aurich Lawson When Microsoft backed a key motion filed two weeks ago in Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit against Apple, it raised a few eyebrows. Two decades ago, the US Justice Department, 18 states, and the District of Columbia sued Microsoft on allegations the Windows operating system represented a monopoly that the company was wielding to …

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Twitter steps up its fight against election misinformation

Twitter steps up its fight against election misinformation

Separately, Google said Thursday it is adding its own precautions ahead of the election, including for any candidate prematurely declaring victory. Twitter’s expanded policies come as social media, more than ever, has become the central electoral information battlefield, as the coronavirus pandemic has drastically limited traditional rallies and door-to-door campaigning. The tech companies have heeded …

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Cleaners Demand Harassment Safeguards From the Booking Service Handy

Cleaners Demand Harassment Safeguards From the Booking Service Handy

Housekeepers who work in hotels and casinos often face harassment on the job, studies have shown, but it is not clear how often cleaners face harassment in private homes. Hotels usually employ their cleaning staff, and some municipalities require them to protect cleaners from harassment or even give them panic buttons to use while working. …

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Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids’ Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Connecting every possible device in our lives to the internet has always represented a security risk. But that risk is far more pronounced when it involves a smartwatch strapped to your child’s wrist. Now, even after years of warnings about the security failings of many of those devices, one group of researchers has shown that …

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DuckieNet lets developers test autonomous vehicle systems using toy cars

Robotics research has a reproducibility problem, owing in part to robots’ myriad interacting components. These components tend to be complex, only partially observable, and trained with AI techniques where performance varies greatly across environments. In an effort to address some of the challenges specific to the autonomous driving domain, researchers at ETH Zurich, the Toyota …

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Pentagon’s review of controversial $10B contract was a sham, Amazon claims

Enlarge / The Pentagon in its natural habitat—Arlington, Virginia—in 2018. Amazon is continuing to fight the Department of Defense over a $10 billion contract, as the Pentagon has completed its review of the deal and determined once again that it was correct to award the entire project to Microsoft. The DOD launched bidding for the …

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North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash?

North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash?

But the North Korean playbook has evolved in the last few years. One tactic, known as a “peel chain,” moves money in rapid and automated transactions from one Bitcoin wallet to new addresses through hundreds or thousands of transactions in a way that both hides the source of the money and lessens the risk of …

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