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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown...

Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch
From ACM Careers

Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency's Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable "neuroprosthetics"...

Microsoft CEO readies big shakeup, drops devices and services focus
From ACM News

Microsoft CEO readies big shakeup, drops devices and services focus

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an email to all employees today outlining the company’s ambitions for the new financial year.

Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display
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Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display

We are surrounded by imperfect screens.

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI
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Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing's famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language...

Heads Up, World Cup Teams: The Robots are Coming
From ACM TechNews

Heads Up, World Cup Teams: The Robots are Coming

The RoboCup international robot soccer tournament aims to create a robot soccer team that can defeat the human World Cup champions by 2050. 

Traffic Lights: There's a Better Way
From ACM TechNews

Traffic Lights: There's a Better Way

A new means of computing the optimal timings for city stoplights can significantly reduce drivers' average travel times. 

Google Shares Research Findings With Scientific World
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Google Shares Research Findings With Scientific World

Google is sharing some its most influential research papers to expand discussions and observations on topics being studied around world. 

Speeding Up Data Storage by a Thousand Times With 'Spin Current'
From ACM TechNews

Speeding Up Data Storage by a Thousand Times With 'Spin Current'

Newly developed technology allows the spin of electrons to be used to boost the speed of data storage.

The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of
From ACM TechNews

The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of

The success of D, a programming language some see as the successor to C++, has surprised even its creators.

A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
From ACM News

A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

Could a person who is paralyzed and unable to speak, like physicist Stephen Hawking, use a brain implant to carry on a conversation?

Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete for 'Internet of Things' Standard
From ACM News

Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete for 'Internet of Things' Standard

If the stakes are big enough, companies will compete even for something that is supposed to be free to all comers.

NYPD's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs
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NYPD's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs

The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.

When a Computer Ages You
From ACM TechNews

When a Computer Ages You

Researchers are hoping to harness facial-recognition and age-progression technology to estimate people's life spans and future health based on a photograph. 

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language
From ACM TechNews

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language

Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a survey published by ACM. 

The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics
From ACM TechNews

The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

University of Alberta researchers say they are developing atomically precise technologies that have practical, real-world applications. 

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?
From ACM TechNews

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

New software could give people more control over how their personal health information is shared between doctors and medical institutions. 

Stanford Engineers Envision an Electronic Switch Just Three Atoms Thick
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Stanford Engineers Envision an Electronic Switch Just Three Atoms Thick

Stanford University researchers have developed a flexible crystal material that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick and behave like a switch. 

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)
From ACM News

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)

Earlier this year, a vaguely humanoid robot served juice to a researcher lying on a hospital bed.
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