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Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy 1
Posted Friday, Jun 15, 2018 by Jeff Safire

GitHub—a website that has become popular with scientists collaborating on research data and software—is to be acquired by Microsoft for US$7.5 billion. In the wake of the takeover announcement on 4 June, some scientists and programmers voiced concerns about the deal on social media.


Amazon’s new all-in-one and laptop designs could get Alexa<br/>into even more PCs 2
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Amazon has just announced four new designs for PC manufacturers to work off of, which could make it easier to integrate Alexa in more PCs. The new Windows 10 PC designs have been pre-tested and are “final-product designs.”


Design blunder exists in Intel, AMD, Arm, Power processors 3
Posted Saturday, May 26, 2018 by Kim Parnell

Microsoft, Google: We’ve found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole By Chris Williams, Editor in Chief 21 May 2018 at 21:00 A fourth variant of the data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre security flaws in modern processors has been found by Microsoft and Google researchers. These speculative-execution design blunders can be potentially exploited by malicious software running on…


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Interpol’s New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices 4
Posted Monday, May 21, 2018 by Jeff Safire

A new platform aims to identify offenders by matching voice recordings to speech samples stored in a massive database, raising privacy concerns.


Hiding Information in Plain Text 5
Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Subtle changes to letter shapes can embed messages By Charles Q. Choi Image: Columbia University Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters. The new technique, named FontCode, works with common font families such as Times Roman and Helvetica. It is…


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