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Stanford denies it’s dismantling disinformation research group

Concerns were raised over the research institute's ability to continue its disinformation research after facing costly lawsuits and congressional investigations.

Rip Current Survival Guide: How to Recognize & Escape Life-Threatening Rip Tides

While ocean hazards like jellyfish, rays, and sharks are concerning, rip currents pose a greater risk to swimmers. Learn how to identify and escape these powerful water flows with our expert guide.

Financial sextortion schemes mostly target teenage boys, largely through Instagram: Report

Teenage boys are the most frequent targets of financial "sextortion" schemes that are often conducted through Instagram and other social media platforms, according to a new report.

NASA again postpones return of Boeing Starliner crew from space

NASA and Boeing have once again postponed the return of the Starliner from the International Space Station (ISS), as the two-person crew completes a full review of the spacecraft's technical issues.  The mission, Boeing’s first manned space launch, was originally set to last nine days.

Indonesia Fends Off Cyberattack, Refuses to Pay $8 Million Ransom

Jakarta - Indonesia's national data center has been compromised by hackers demanding an 8 million-dollar ransom. Despite the threat, the government has decided not to pay the ransom and is instead working to contain the breach.

Japan's space agency was hit by multiple cyberattacks, but officials say no sensitive data was taken

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency has suffered a series of cyberattacks since last year, but sensitive information related to rockets and satellites was not affected and it is continuing to investigate and take preventive measures, officials said Friday.

Rebuilding Paradise: Nonprofit’s $500 ‘defensible space’ grants help cut residents’ insurance costs

The Rebuild Paradise Foundation opened applications last month for the Defensible Space Gravel Grant — a $500 voucher for enough gravel to create a 5-foot-wide buffer around a 2,000 square foot home, protecting the structure from vegetation or other combustible material.

Human trials to begin for new teeth regeneration drug: researchers

The drug has worked on mice and ferrets in trials conducted by Kyoto University Hospital in Japan, according to researchers.

567k Costco portable charger recalled for fire, burn hazards

Five incidents, including two house fires, were reported directly to the manufacturer prior to the recall.

UN launches global principles to combat online hate and demands big tech take action now

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief on Monday launched global principles to combat online hate and lies and demanded that big tech companies use their power to reduce the harm they are doing to people and societies around the world.

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Opinion: Is California’s utilities commission really serious about broadband for all?

State has invested billions to connect every household to high-speed internet, with little to show for it.

Gaming Giant Diversifies into Radio Broadcasting

Leading gaming company takes a bold step by venturing into radio broadcasting, expanding its reach beyond the digital sphere.

NTSB to discuss cause of fiery Ohio freight train wreck, recommend ways to avert future derailments

Eastern Ohio residents will learn more Tuesday about the fiery Norfolk Southern train wreck that derailed their lives when the National Transportation Safety Board holds another hearing in their hometown about the disaster last year.

What to stream this weekend: 'Kung Fu Panda 4' chops, PBS hits the disco and Kevin Hart chats

The debut of “Echoes,” a sequel series to “Orphan Black," and the documentary “Bread & Roses” looking at how Afghan women’s lives were impacted after Kabul fell to the Taliban in 2021 are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.

Hochul on NY social media law: 'You cannot turn a blind eye to trauma that has been inflicted on our children'

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pushed back on some criticism of the new social media laws that she signed last week to address the impact it could have on children's mental health.

White House praises $1.5 billion Microsoft-G42 deal for cutting Huawei ties

Microsoft’s deal to invest $1.5 billion in artificial intelligence firm G42 is “generally a positive development” because it forced the United Arab Emirates-based company to sever ties to China’s Huawei, a White House official said on Monday.

AI Breakthrough Promises Faster Declassification Process for Defense Department

The US Department of Defense has announced a significant breakthrough in using artificial intelligence to streamline the declassification process, responding to Congressional pressure to improve efficiency.

Robinhood CEO discusses the brokerage's evolution leading up to another ride on the meme stock wave

Meme stocks like GameStop are hot again, reviving memories of early 2021 when they turned into a craze that ended up burning many investors along with Robinhood Markets.

Chinese hackers have stepped up attacks on Taiwanese organizations, cybersecurity firm says

HONG KONG (AP) — A suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has stepped up its targeting of Taiwanese organizations, particularly those in sectors such as government, education, technology and diplomacy, according to cybersecurity intelligence company Recorded Future.

La Comunidad de Madrid e IndesIA apuestan por la IA al servicio de las empresas industriales

La Comunidad de Madrid y la Asociación para el impulso del Dato y la Inteligencia Artificial en la industria, IndesIA, han suscrito un convenio de colaboración para el desarrollo de una plataforma de inteligencia artificial (IA) destinada a las empresas industriales de la región.

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As the cost of disasters rise, technology solutions with an empathetic approach is the way

Today, technology plays a central role in helping to reduce the loss of life and property during a disaster. The post As the cost of disasters rise, technology solutions with an empathetic approach is the way first appeared on Federal News Network.

Microsoft Outlook Security Flaw Ignored, Claims Expert

A security expert claims to have discovered an email glitch in Microsoft's Outlook that could allow someone to impersonate official Microsoft accounts, which the company allegedly ignored.

Newsom wants to restrict smartphone usage in schools

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he wants to restrict students' usage of smartphones during the school day, citing the mental health risks of social media.

Apple becomes first target of EU's new digital competition rules aimed at big tech

European Union regulators are accusing Apple of breaking new rules on digital competition by imposing rules in its App Store marketplace that prevent app makers from pointing users to cheaper options on other venues.

Cato Networks Introduces Managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Partner Platform

Cato Networks, a leading provider of secure access solutions, launches its managed SASE partner platform to help service providers and enterprises securely connect remote workers, branch offices, and IoT devices with cloud and on-premises resources.

Music record labels sue AI song-generators Suno and Udio for copyright infringement

BOSTON (AP) — Big record companies are suing artificial intelligence song-generators Suno and Udio for copyright infringement, alleging that the AI music startups are exploiting the recorded works of artists from Chuck Berry to Mariah Carey.

Amazon Q Developer review: Code completions, code chat, and AWS skills

When I reviewed Amazon CodeWhisperer, Google Bard, and GitHub Copilot in June of 2023, CodeWhisperer could generate code in an IDE and did security reviews, but it lacked a chat window and code explanations.

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive.

NASA Aborts Spacewalk Due to Water Leak in Astronaut's Spacesuit

After a water leak was detected in an astronaut's spacesuit, NASA has decided to cancel a planned spacewalk at the International Space Station.

Car dealerships in North America revert to pens and paper after cyberattacks on software provider

NEW YORK (AP) — Car dealerships in North America are still wrestling with major disruptions that started last week with cyberattacks on a company whose software is used widely in the auto retail sales sector. CDK Global, a company that provides software for thousands of auto dealers in the U.S.