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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.


I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
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I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Speech Recognition Better Than a Human's Exists. You Just Can't ­se It Yet
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Speech Recognition Better Than a Human's Exists. You Just Can't ­se It Yet

Researchers say recent breakthroughs in speech recognition and artificial intelligence will soon make gadgets dramatically better at understanding people.

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records
From ACM News

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records

Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever...

Facebook, Intel Back Effort to Lift Engineer Diversity
From ACM TechNews

Facebook, Intel Back Effort to Lift Engineer Diversity

Rectifying a lack of diversity among computer science undergraduates is the goal of the BRAID program, to which Facebook, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and others will...

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach
From ACM News

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.

Korea ­ps Its Robots Game
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Korea ­ps Its Robots Game

In 1976 an animated film called Robot Taekwon V captured Korean kids' imaginations with its tale of a superhero robot fending off giant machines bent on world domination...

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy
From ACM News

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy

On Sept. 1, the website Rescator.cc alerted customers to a big new batch of product about to hit its digital shelves. "Load your accounts and prepare for an avalanche...

The Cookies You Can't Crumble
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The Cookies You Can't Crumble

If you've used the Internet for longer than the iPhone has been around, you're probably familiar with cookies, those little packets of personal data that help load...

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
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Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots.

For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious
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For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious

Developed and developing markets' spectrum policies are starting to accommodate TV white spaces. 

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them
From ACM News

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
From ACM News

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

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.

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club
From ACM TechNews

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.

Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick
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Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus...

The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google
From ACM News

The Bbc Doesn't Want to Be Forgotten By Google

Since agreeing to comply with the European Court of Justice’s decision that people have the right to be forgotten, Google has received about 50,000 requests for...

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile
From ACM Opinion

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.

The Trouble With IBM
From ACM News

The Trouble With IBM

In the summer of 2012, five American technology companies bid on a project for a demanding new client: the CIA.
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