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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.


Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments
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Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry.

Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech
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Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech

Moore's Law has sustained its momentum despite worries of it hitting its physical limits, thanks to materials scientists' progress in getting more computing power...

How the Pros Thwart Computer Spies with James Bond Tricks
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How the Pros Thwart Computer Spies with James Bond Tricks

H.D. Moore wasn't taking chances.

A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware
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A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware

What do Stuxnet, Duqu, Gauss, Mahdi, Flame, Wiper, and Shamoon have in common?

Inside Huawei, the Chinese Tech Giant That's Rattling Nerves in D.c.
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Inside Huawei, the Chinese Tech Giant That's Rattling Nerves in D.c.

Chen Lifang is a bit flummoxed.

Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'
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Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'

According to Velvin Hogan, the 67-year-old foreman of the jury in the U.S. trial between the Apple and Samsung, one of the turning points in group's journey to came...

Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars
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Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars

The electronic brain controlling NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has far less horsepower than the microchips typically found in a modern smart phone.

At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech
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At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

Walking through gallery after gallery of classical European paintings, sculptures, and other antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum here, it's easy to get lost...

The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming
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The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming

Jay Parikh is happy to never get a call from Mark Zuckerberg. Why? It means he's doing his job well. As the vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook...

Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone
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Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone

As people, we understand instinctively what flowing hair looks like. Or the way layers of clothes move on someone's body, or how water would splash when a bear...

From ACM News

Browser Choice: A Thing of the Past?

Like to pick your browser? Beware, because new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browsers on PCs.

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound
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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.

Hackers Turn MIT Building Into Giant Tetris Game
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Hackers Turn MIT Building Into Giant Tetris Game

Hackers overrode the tallest building in Cambridge, Mass., last week, turning the 21-story Green Building at MIT into a giant Tetris puzzle game controllable from...

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It
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The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

For those of you reluctant to welcome our new robot overloads, it might be time to reconsider your stance.

Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization
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Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization

 It's been an action-packed two years since Jeff Jaffe took over as the World Wide Web Consortium's chief executive, but more action is the order of the day at...

Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure
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Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure

Every year, security vendors gather at the RSA conference here to reaffirm their commitment to fencing out hackers and keeping data safe. And every year, corporate...

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups
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Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups

Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting...

W3c Co-Chair: Apple, Google Power Causing Open Web Crisis
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W3c Co-Chair: Apple, Google Power Causing Open Web Crisis

The dominance of Apple and Google mobile browsers is leading to a situation that is even worse for Web programming than the former dominance of Internet Explorer...

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Patent Grants Hit All-Time High in 2011; Ibm Leads the Way

Patents were a hot-button issue in 2011, so there's no wonder so many companies were filling their portfolios with new intellectual property all year.
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