Information Technology

iRobot, Google Team Up To Understand Your Smart Home
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iRobot and Google are looking for ways to integrate the Roomba-maker’s home maps with Google Assistant to extend instructions to other gadgets. “The collaboration centers on iRobot’s Roomba i7+ vacuum models’ ability to map home floor plans and remember room names,” notes TechCrunch. From the report: As it is, Google Home users or anyone with […]

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Twitter Deletes Over 10,000 Bots That  Discouraged US Midterm Voting
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Twitter has deleted over 10,000 disinformation bots discouraging Americans from voting in Tuesday’s midterm elections. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Twitter said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had brought the accounts to their attention. “For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election […]

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AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis
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Enlarge (credit: Bo Mertz) Treating patients effectively involves a combination of training and experience. That’s one of the reasons that people have been excited about the prospects of using AI in medicine: it’s possible to train algorithms using the experience of thousands of doctors, giving them more information than any single human could accumulate. This […]

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Former White House CIO Theresa Payton: 'There Are Grave Concerns About Election Interference'
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Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, is one of the most influential experts on cybersecurity and IT strategy in the United States. She is an authority on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. She served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush […]

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California delays its net neutrality law while FCC’s new rules are challenged
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California’s much-anticipated net neutrality rules, which were signed into law last month, are being put on ice until a challenge to the FCC’s own rules at the federal level is resolved. It’s unfortunate, but logical — if the FCC rules are undone or modified, the necessity and legality of California’s will also be affected. As […]

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Cathay Pacific Data Breach Hits 9.4 Million People
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific informed the Hong Kong stock exchange of a data breach late on Wednesday night that could affect 9.4 million people. In a notice, the airline said it would reach out to members of its Marco Polo Club, Asia Miles, and registered users. […]

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Italian consumer watchdog hands down €15M in fines to Apple and Samsung for slowing devices
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Italy’s Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato, roughly equivalent to this America’s FTC, has fined Apple and Samsung a total of $15 million for the companies’ practice of forcing updates on consumers that may slow or break their devices. The amount may be a drop in the bucket, but it’s a signal that governments […]

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Prank Calls Brought ICE Hotline To a Standstill, Internal Emails Show
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: When ICE launched an immigration crime hotline last year, the Trump administration pitched it as a way to provide resources to victims, but activists saw something else: an attack on the immigrant community. The hotline was part of the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office, […]

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US Cyber Command doxes, DMs warnings to Russian disinformation trolls
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Enlarge / Cyber airmen cybering in the cyberspace. (credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol) The US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is engaging in a campaign to deter further disinformation operations by Russian operatives—individuals like those employed through Russian companies as part of the “Project Lakhta” program described in last week’s Justice […]

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