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In this episode of the RIPE Labs podcast, three Internet pioneers talk about how they helped grow the Internet out of its early infancy, back when its purpose – and much of the excitement around its development – lay in the promise of connecting researchers from around the world.

Meta, parent company of Facebook and Instagram, also now is in the AI-focused processor game. The company recently unveiled the next generation of custom-made chips to help power AI-driven rankings and recommendation ads on social media platforms.

Phishing threats have reached unprecedented levels of sophistication in the past year, driven by the proliferation of generative AI tools.

In recent news, more than 13,000 subdomains of brands were hijacked for a large spam campaign that “leverages the trust associated with these domains to circulate spam and malicious phishing emails by the millions each day, cunningly using their credibility and stolen resources to slip past security measures.”

Tenable Research has discovered a critical memory corruption vulnerability dubbed Linguistic Lumberjack in Fluent Bit, a core component in the monitoring infrastructure of many cloud services.

Pew Research Center conducted the analysis to examine how often online content that once existed becomes inaccessible. One part of the study looks at a representative sample of webpages that existed over the past decade to see how many are still accessible today.

As well as making EPP easier for registrars to use, such an API would help domain registries by increasing scalability and improving performance and security.

Three teams – in Boston, in China, and the Netherlands – have simultaneously announced that they’ve figured out ways to store entangled photons without breaking the entanglement, a critical step in building quantum repeaters, and, thus, scalable quantum networks.

Microsoft has a lot more than AI riding on Copilot+ PCs. Although AI is the current buzzword of the tech industry, Microsoft’s push into a new era of PCs has just as much to do with declining PC sales over the past several years, as well as Microsoft’s decade-long drive to get Windows on ARM working.

The IBM Power Virtual Server Private Cloud – announced Tuesday with little fanfare – is based on the IBM Power Virtual Servers Big Blue rents out in a manner that will be familiar to users of IaaS services.

We have a long-standing policy that when you redact text, the only way to do it securely is to use black bars. Sometimes, people like to be clever and try some other redaction techniques like blurring, swirling, or pixelation. But this is a mistake.

The relationship between shift length, fatigue and human error is well documented, but less clear is how the data center industry can define shifts that help minimize human error. The recommended best practices for other industries do not always translate into the data center world, where 24/7 service availability is the standard.