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Government investigation finds federal agencies failing at cybersecurity basics
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The Office of Management and Budget reports that the federal government is a shambles — cybersecurity-wise, anyway. Finding little situational awareness, few standard processes for reporting or managing attacks and almost no agencies adequately performing even basic encryption, the OMB concluded that “the current situation is untenable.” All told, nearly three quarters of federal agencies […]

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HP: Reimagining the Future
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I got a view of the future when I visited HP’s Innovation Center in Barcelona, Spain, last week. The company has made some aggressive moves to blend its printing and imaging technologies to create products that will redefine our near-term future. HP also showcased capabilities that are something just short of magic. I mean, when […]

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To truly protect citizens, lawmakers need to restructure their regulatory oversight of big tech
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Gillian Hadfield Contributor Gillian Hadfield is the author of Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy and a professor of law and economics at the University of Southern California. More posts by this contributor Saudi Arabia’s TechUtopia Neom will have to reinvent the […]

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FDA approves AI tool for spotting wrist fractures
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The FDA has been approving its fair share of AI-powered medical technology, but its latest might be particularly helpful if you ever have a nasty fall. The agency has greenlit Imagen's OsteoDetect, an AI-based diagnostic tool that can quickly detect…

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WhiteSource Rolls Out New Open Source Security Detector
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WhiteSource has launched its next-generation software composition analysis technology, dubbed “Effective Usage Analysis,” with the promise that it can reduce open source vulnerability alerts by 70 percent. The newly developed technology provides details beyond which components are present in the application. It provides actionable insights into how components are being used. It also evaluates their […]

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Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says
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Enlarge / A screenshot from the beta version of the Steam Link app, which has been denied approval by Apple. (credit: Steam) Valve says Apple has denied approval for the iOS version of its Steam Link app—which allows users to stream PC games from a computer on the same home network—after Apple initially approved the […]

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Amazon facial recognition software raises privacy concerns with the ACLU
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Amazon hasn’t exactly kept Rekognition under wraps. In late 2016, the software giant talked up its facial detection software in a relatively benign AWS post announcing that the tech was already being implemented by The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon for suspect identification. The ACLU of Northern California is shining more light on the […]

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The Rocket Report newsletter launches on Thursday
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Enlarge / We need your help to produce a new newsletter to chronicle the dynamic launch industry. (credit: Aurich Lawson/background image United Launch Alliance) Note: This post has been bumped to remind readers that this newsletter launches Thursday. We’ve had a tremendous response so far, and we really appreciate it. I have covered the space […]

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China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon
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Enlarge / The far side of the Moon. No robotic spacecraft has ever made a soft landing here. (credit: NASA) China’s space agency has taken a critical first step toward an unprecedented robotic landing on the far side of the Moon. On Monday, local time, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launched a Long March 4C […]

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