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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows
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Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

Optical Lattice Atomic Clock Could 'Redefine the Second'
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Optical Lattice Atomic Clock Could 'Redefine the Second'

We currently use atomic clocks to count the seconds, but tests on an alternative atomic timekeeper have revealed that it is more precise.

'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles
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'virtual Lolita' Aims to Trap Chatroom Pedophiles

Negobot, a "virtual Lolita" robot, poses as a 14-year-old girl and tries to identify pedophiles in online chatrooms. 

Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones
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Predicting Earthquakes and Saving Lives--With Smartphones

A new app called CrowdShake provides early earthquake warnings by converting a smartphone's accelerometer into a seismometer. 

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data
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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility...

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing
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Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly...

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
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U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

Html5 Webpage Locks 'would Stifle Innovation'
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Html5 Webpage Locks 'would Stifle Innovation'

The Electronic Freedom Foundation objects to the World Wide Web Consortium's plans to include ways to digitally lock media in HTML5. 

German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
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Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward
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Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward

Imagine cruising down a three-lane highway and rounding a bend to find four trucks rolling along in single-file. They are all traveling close together—perhaps too...

Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars
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Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars

Los Angeles has completed the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, synchronizing its 4,400 traffic lights. 

Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?
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Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?

In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat's tail.

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System
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China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.

Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future
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Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future

Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the U.K., and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.
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