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Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study
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Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study

I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'
From ACM Opinion

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'

Google is in hot water in Europe, and its head of European operations is trying to cool things off.

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals
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Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals

Certain patterns, such as the fractal, are repeated over and over in nature—with some spectacular contrasts on wildly different scales.

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
From ACM Opinion

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior
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Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior

Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science

Startups as well as large tech firms now realize their products need to be both visually appealing and deliver great user experiences.

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet
From ACM News

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday finally spelled out how it will preserve the open Internet, publicly releasing a 400-page PDF that details its...

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do
From ACM News

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do

When it comes to the new Net neutrality rules adopted last week by the Federal Communications Commission, people think either that US regulators have liberated...

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work
From ACM TechNews

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work

Two decades after its discovery, a rare handwritten journal belonging to computing pioneer Alan Turing will be auctioned off this spring in San Francisco. 

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
From ACM Careers

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...

Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Open Letter to Protect Mankind from Machines
From ACM News

Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Open Letter to Protect Mankind from Machines

The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while on the road to really smart, and not so cuddly, robots.

Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'
From ACM TechNews

Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'

Technology shown by Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show is largely oriented around a depth-sensing camera that could transform human-computer interaction.

Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera
From ACM TechNews

Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera

Physical access to a fingerprint may not be required to exploit fingerprint readers, according to a European hacker.

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online
From ACM Opinion

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.

Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million
From ACM News

Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million

There's no Nobel prize for computer science, but after a grant from Google, the top award in the field now just as lucrative.

Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality
From ACM News

Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality

Sure, dealing with lane changes, firetrucks and construction projects is difficult for engineers building self-driving cars. But what about deciding which people...

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
From ACM Opinion

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat
From ACM News

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat

As many as 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and networked storage systems are set to be disclosed at the Black Hat computer security...

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program
From ACM TechNews

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
From ACM Opinion

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?
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