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The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming
From ACM Opinion

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...

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.

Deaf IBM Researcher Scoffs at Not Talking on the Phone
From ACM TechNews

Deaf IBM Researcher Scoffs at Not Talking on the Phone

IBM researcher Dimitri Kanevsky was recently honored at the White House to celebrate his achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math...

Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace
From ACM TechNews

Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace

Researchers at the universities of Munich and Toronto have developed ShoeSense, a type of wearable computing system for smartphones.  

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
From ACM News

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

Hackers Turn MIT Building Into Giant Tetris Game
From ACM News

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...

Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays
From ACM News

Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays

The Defense Department has reportedly ordered augmented-reality displays from startup Innovega, only a week after Google disclosed its own augmented-reality project...

Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'
From ACM News

Global Manhunt Will Leverage Social Media to Find 'suspects'

If you had to track down fugitives hidden in five cities around the world, would one day and a $5,000 reward be enough to succeed?

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It
From ACM News

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
From ACM Opinion

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
From ACM News

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...

In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model
From ACM News

In the World of Big Data, Privacy Invasion Is the Business Model

Recent weeks have seen a lot of (overdue) talk about privacy and technology. There was theflap over Path and other mobile apps uploading your phone's address books...

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
From ACM News

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...

Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security
From ACM News

Stanford ­niversity Researchers Break Nucaptcha Video Security

When it launched in 2010, NuCaptcha touted its proprietary technology as being able to "provide the highest level of security available" by using video streams...

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups
From ACM Careers

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...

From ACM News

Google Wants Ability to 'combine' Your ­ser Data

Google is planning to rewrite its privacy policy to grant it explicit rights to "combine personal information" across multiple products and services, the company...

Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican
From ACM News

Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican

Rep. Lamar Smith, whose congressional district in Texas encompasses the cropland and grazing land stretching between Austin and San Antonio, might seem like an...

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon
From ACM News

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon

As robots seek to mimic humans' ability to see and hear, they have a secret weapon in Microsoft's Kinect game motion-sensing controller.

Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission
From ACM News

Nuclear 'space Battery' Bests Solar in Curiosity Mars Mission

If you're going to Mars with an SUV-size robot, you'll need a really good energy supply.
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