Why fixing security vulnerabilities in medical devices, IoT is so hard
Enlarge / The complex web of software and hardware components and their licensing schemes makes it difficult for healthcare organizations to upgrade or patch systems that prove to be vulnerable. Universal Images Group / Getty Images When your family opened up that brand-new computer when you were a kid,... Read more
Chilling footage emerges of China’s deserted streets in coronavirus epicenter
A resident of Wuhan, currently under lockdown due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Lan Bo The novel coronavirus has infected more than 75,000 people and claimed over 2,000 lives. Originating in Wuhan, China, the respiratory disease led to a lockdown of the city in an attempt to contain... Read more
The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News
Students are getting out of debt and Democrats are about to sweat, but first: a cartoon about online shipping. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s News How to... Read more
Stanford and NYU: Only 15% of AI federal agencies use is highly sophisticated
More than 40% of U.S. federal agencies and departments have experimented with AI tools, but only 15% currently use highly sophisticated AI, according to analysis by Stanford University computer scientists published today in “Government by Algorithm,” a joint report from Stanford and New York University. “This is concerning because... Read more
Mike Bloomberg is paying people to send their friends texts about him
Bernie Sanders’s internet army is a driving force of his campaign. Mike Bloomberg appears to be trying to replicate it. But while the social media momentum behind Sanders is largely organic, much of Bloomberg’s is paid. The former New York City mayor’s campaign is hiring hundreds of people in... Read more
Anatomy of a dumb spear-phish: Hitting librarians up for Zelle, CashApp cash
Here’s a clue for would-be Internet financial scammers: do not target librarians. They will catch on fast, and you will have wasted your time. Yesterday, the outgoing chair of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Awards Committee (and my wife) Paula Gallagher got a very odd email that... Read more
TikTok’s new safety features put parents in charge of screen time, direct messages
Parents will be able to keep their kids in check on the popular app, TikTok says.  James Martin/CNET The social video app TikTok is popular with the kids, which could cause all kinds of problems for parents. To help, the company released a set of safety features on Wednesday... Read more
Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom
The laws of physics, as experts currently understand them, dictate the following: Every fundamental particle has an antimatter twin. The electron, quark, and muon, for example, are paired with the positron, antiquark, and antimuon, respectively. Each antiparticle weighs exactly the same as its twin, but exhibits precisely the opposite... Read more
Google Cloud launches Dialogflow Mega Agent with 20,000 intents
Google Cloud today launched Dialogflow Mega Agent in beta to enable developers and businesses making AI agents to create richer conversations. The Dialogflow conversational agent platform originally limited intents — categories of responses to a user’s message — to 2,000, but Dialogflow Mega Agent announced today can use up... Read more
Jeff Bezos’s $10 billion climate pledge needs to answer these four questions
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person in the world, has earned many rounds of applause for the commitment he made on Sunday to give $10 billion to combat climate change, but he still isn’t answering many basic questions. The $10 billion he pledged for the Bezos Earth Fund... Read more