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February 2013


From ACM Careers

Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.


From ACM News

This Amazing 3D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft

This Amazing 3D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft

The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop 3D desktop, if computer genius Jinha Lee has anything to say about it.


From ACM Opinion

On Today's Battlefield, Is Information More Important Than Firepower?

On Today's Battlefield, Is Information More Important Than Firepower?

HaloBorderlandsCall of DutyMedal of HonorBattlefieldMetal Gear Solid—these kinds of games taught a generation to see enemies as red dots on a mini-map.


From ACM TechNews

Social Network Could Revolutionize Disease Treatment

Social Network Could Revolutionize Disease Treatment

The social network PatientsLikeMe plans to build an open science platform to aid chronic disease sufferers in measuring the progression of their ailments. 


From ACM TechNews

Wearable Computers Struggle to Go Mainstream: 10 Reasons Why

Wearable Computers Struggle to Go Mainstream: 10 Reasons Why

The market for wearable technology remains small and faces obstacles to widespread use. 


From ACM TechNews

ONR-Funded Software Boosts Marines Civilian Operations at Fleet Exercise

ONR-Funded Software Boosts Marines Civilian Operations at Fleet Exercise

The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research recently software that utilizes mobile devices to streamline civilian assistance operations. 


From ACM TechNews

Chinese Hackers Seen as Increasingly Professional

Chinese Hackers Seen as Increasingly Professional

China's government denies involvement in a wave of cyberattacks against international targets, but the hackers appear to be professionals who keep regular work hours. 


From ACM News

China Says U.S. Routinely Hacks Defense Ministry Websites

China Says U.S. Routinely Hacks Defense Ministry Websites

Two major Chinese military websites, including that of the Defense Ministry, were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the United States, the ministry said on Thursday…


From ACM News

SD College Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology

SD College Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology

Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity…


From ACM News

White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public

White House Opens More Federally Funded Scientific Research to the Public

A new White House directive will allow the general public more access to federally funded scientific research, the Obama administration announced at the end of last week.


From ACM News

After M.T.A. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future

After M.T.A. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future

For nearly 50 years, coins were the currency in New York’s subway and bus system. Tokens carried the next 40 years, until the MetroCard first slid into riders’ wallets in 1993. The next big thing was to be a contactless fare…


From ACM TechNews

The Melting Pot of New York, Seen in Its Multilingual Tweets

The Melting Pot of New York, Seen in Its Multilingual Tweets

A Twitter map visualizes, by language, the locations of 8.5 million geolocated tweets sent in the city between January 2010 and February 2013. 


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

A research group says it has made an important step toward practical quantum computing by implementing a full quantum algorithm without knowing its solution. 


From ACM TechNews

Happy, Snappy Tweets Gain the Most Twitter Followers

Happy, Snappy Tweets Gain the Most Twitter Followers

The content of tweets, rather than a followers list, that has the biggest impact on the size of a Twitter audience, researchers have found. 


From ACM TechNews

Coming to a Smartphone Near You: Personalized Experiences

Coming to a Smartphone Near You: Personalized Experiences

A new study suggests future apps will provide personalized experiences through systems that integrate across all service platforms.


From ACM TechNews

IT Security Organizations Facing Shortage of Skilled Professionals

IT Security Organizations Facing Shortage of Skilled Professionals

A global survey of information security professionals has uncovered a severe shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. 


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Build Complex Circuits Made of Carbon Nanotubes

Stanford Researchers Build Complex Circuits Made of Carbon Nanotubes

Stanford University researchers say they have developed one of the most complex carbon nanotube circuits to date. 


From ACM News

Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon

Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon

As Iran met in Kazakhstan this week with members of the UN Security Council to discuss its nuclear program, researchers announced that a new variant of the sophisticated cyberweapon known as Stuxnet had been found, which predates…


From ACM Opinion

The Art of Cyberwar

The Art of Cyberwar

The New York Times’ front-page report last week that the Chinese army is hacking into America's most sensitive computer networks from a 12-story building outside Shanghai might finally persuade skeptics that the threat of "cyber…


From ACM News

Three Radical New Brain-Mapping Tools Scientists Want Obama to Deliver

Three Radical New Brain-Mapping Tools Scientists Want Obama to Deliver

The Obama administration wants to make a huge investment in mapping the human brain,according to The New York Times. How can they get the most bang for their buck?


From ACM TechNews

What's Next for the Presidential Innovation Fellows?

What's Next for the Presidential Innovation Fellows?

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program is seeking its next wave of fellows, to build on the foundation of the projects launched by the first wave. 


From ACM TechNews

Linux-Savvy IT Pros Are in High Demand, Low Supply

Linux-Savvy IT Pros Are in High Demand, Low Supply

A new survey finds that businesses and government agencies are aggressively seeking to hire IT professionals with Linux skills. 


From ACM TechNews

Sandia Draws From Nuclear Science in Inaugurating New Cyber Lab

Sandia Draws From Nuclear Science in Inaugurating New Cyber Lab

Sandia National Laboratories has launched the Cybersecurity Engineering Research Laboratory, testing hardware vulnerabilities and modeling cyberweapons on supercomputers.


From ACM Opinion

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human brain, the most complex organ in the body.


From ACM News

A Genetic Code for Genius?

A Genetic Code for Genius?

At a former paper-printing factory in Hong Kong, a 20-year-old wunderkind named Zhao Bowen has embarked on a challenging and potentially controversial quest: uncovering the genetics of intelligence.


From ACM News

Diamond Idea for Quantum Computer

Diamond Idea for Quantum Computer

Quantum mechanics isn't what it used to be.


From ACM Opinion

How Augmented-Reality Content Might Actually Work

How Augmented-Reality Content Might Actually Work

Augmented reality is very exciting. The promise of it is this: all the information on the Internet overlaid on the real world exactly where and when you need it.


From ACM Opinion

The AR-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget

The AR-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget

I was shaking as I shouldered the rifle and peered through the scope at the small steel target 100 yards downrange.


From ACM TechNews

Touchy-Feely Bionic Hand Closer to Reality

Touchy-Feely Bionic Hand Closer to Reality

A bionic hand under development features an interface that links the hand to a person's nervous system. 


From ACM TechNews

Could a Computer on the Police Beat Prevent Violence?

Could a Computer on the Police Beat Prevent Violence?

A team of University of Michigan researchers have used police data to show how computer models can help identify a city's most violent areas. 

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