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Deep Neural Networks for Bot Detection
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From a research paper on Arxiv: The problem of detecting bots, automated social media accounts governed by software but disguising as human users, has strong implications. For example, bots have been used to sway political elections by distorting online discourse, to manipulate the stock market, or to push anti-vaccine conspiracy theories that caused health epidemics. […]

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Mueller flips American who unwittingly sold bank info to Russian trolls
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Enlarge (credit: Richard Pinedo) On Friday, shortly after Department of Justice officials announced the indictment of 13 Russians accused of being involved in a multi-year effort to spread false information online surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign, the DOJ also announced the guilty plea of a California man, Richard “Ricky” Pinedo. The Californian, who did not […]

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The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge  shows no signs of abating
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Aw, damn. (credit: cibomahto) The scourge of drive-by currency mining—in which websites and apps covertly run resource-draining code on other people’s devices—shows no sign of abating. Over the weekend, researchers added two more incidents: one involves more than 4,200 sites (some operated by government agencies), while the other targets millions of Android devices. The first […]

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Samsung's redesigned emoji are actually recognizable
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When you send an emoji to a friend, you want it to convey the same information. For example, if you sent a "rolling eyes" emoji to a buddy using a Samsung phone, they might not pick up what you're laying down. That's because 2017's "rolling eyes" emo…

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Hackers Hijack Government Websites To Mine Crypto-Cash
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BBC reports: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer at […]

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It’s all over: Why the Waymo v. Uber self-driving settlement makes sense
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Enlarge (credit: Uber) On Friday morning, Waymo and Uber settled their trade secrets lawsuit, setting the stage for self-driving marketplace competition rather than a legal battle. After a drawn-out struggle both in a court of law and the court of public opinion, a settlement is the outcome that makes the most sense for both parties. […]

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Zoutons: A must Have app for Online Shoppers
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Information regarding specifications, photos and other features are a click away.  The year or so has seen tremendous surge and affiliation towards e-commerce section and now with the recent launch of its mobile app, Zoutons, a leading couponing partner in the country, wants to hit the ground running. About Zoutons Based in Delhi, the website […]

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Now Google Might Make a Game Console and Game-Streaming Service
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Google could try to get serious about gaming with a rumored console and game-streaming service, according to the Information. From a report: The service, codenamed “Yeti,” would stream modern games over the internet instead of processing them on locally, allowing them to run weaker hardware such as Google’s Chromecast dongles. Several other companies, including Nvidia […]

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How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response to senator raises questions
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Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) In early January, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, called upon Apple to answer for the lack of transparency it showed surrounding its slow-down practices for aging iPhones. Today, Thune’s office released Apple’s response: a five-page letter in which Apple reiterates the slow-down saga. While the letter contains […]

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