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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.


Willow Garage's Last Days
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Willow Garage's Last Days

In 2006, Scott Hassan, a prolific software engineer, started a research lab dedicated to robotics called Willow Garage.

The Race to Buy the Human Brains Behind Deep Learning Machines
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The Race to Buy the Human Brains Behind Deep Learning Machines

Any aspiring science fiction writer looking for a good protagonist could do worse than ripping off the Wikipedia page for Demis Hassabis.

The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built
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The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built

Last year, Edward Snowden turned over to the Guardian, a British newspaper, some 58,000 classified U.S. government documents.

The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up
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The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up

Joel Flickinger's two-bedroom home in the hills above Oakland, Calif., hums with custom-built computing gear.

Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?
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Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) is no stranger to provocative proposals.

The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge
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The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge

Consider the tweet.

University of Waterloo: Silicon Valley's Canadian Feeder School
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University of Waterloo: Silicon Valley's Canadian Feeder School

Recent engineering graduate Mike McCauley is living the dream.

Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows
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Nsa Surveillance Makes For Strange Bedfellows

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bedfellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and...

How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot
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How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot

A hacking attack launched by the Syrian Electronic Army may have targeted the New York Timesand other U.S. media companies, but the weak link was Melbourne IT (...

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy
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How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy

Think of it as big data meets "Minority Report."

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory
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Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory

In the world of hypothetical cybercrime, not much is scarier than the hacked medical device.

Privacy Paradox: Americans Happy to Share Personal Data With Big Business
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Privacy Paradox: Americans Happy to Share Personal Data With Big Business

It's official: Americans may freak out when government collects their data to track terrorists, but they would happily have banks use it to catch some jerk trying...

Danger Maps Backed By Alibaba Pinpoint Chinese Pollution
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Danger Maps Backed By Alibaba Pinpoint Chinese Pollution

Danger Maps, a crowdsourced mapping project, is helping users locate China's high pollution areas.

Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism
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Spies Like ­s: How We All Helped Build Prism

It used to be that the National Security Agency and its ilk had to pay through the nose for the latest in spying technology.

Drone Nation: A New Industry Takes Flight
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Drone Nation: A New Industry Takes Flight

By 2025 the drone industry will employ 100,000 people and be worth $82 billion globally, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International...

Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls
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Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls

The so-called patent troll has become one of the tech industry’s favorite monsters in recent years, and on Tuesday the Obama administration announced it would ...

In China, Big Data Is Becoming Big Business
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In China, Big Data Is Becoming Big Business

With 1.3 billion people, a quickly expanding urban economy, and rising rates of Internet and smartphone penetration, China generates an immense amount of data annually...

Inside Google's Secret Lab
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Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely...

China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q
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China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q

Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line.

Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents
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Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents

To be a good coder in Silicon Valley is to be among the pampered elite.
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