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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

Neural Networks Allow ­S to 'Read Faces' in a New Way
From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks Allow ­S to 'Read Faces' in a New Way

Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring

'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News
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'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News

A hackathon inspired by the influence of fake news on the U.S. presidential election seeks to incentivize the prioritization of truth.

­S Military: Robot Wars
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­S Military: Robot Wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy drone called...

Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results
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Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

A trio of Indonesians working for international tech companies have used crowdsourcing to calculate a result for Indonesia's contested presidential election. 

Arms Deal Sets Limits on Cyber Technologies
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Arms Deal Sets Limits on Cyber Technologies

Additions to the Wassenaar Arrangement will require technology companies to get permission from governments to sell a range of security and surveillance software...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
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Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...

Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos
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Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos

Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director,...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...
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