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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.


Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number
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Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number

The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators
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VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators

A virtual reality Vappu (May Day) concert in Helsinki, Finland, drew 1.4 million spectators.

­U.S. Airports Will ­se AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years
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­U.S. Airports Will ­se AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years.

Ripple Adds 11 New ­niversity Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education
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Ripple Adds 11 New ­niversity Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Feds Force Suspect To ­nlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face
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Feds Force Suspect To ­nlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

It finally happened. The feds forced an Apple iPhone X owner to unlock their device with their face.

How Traveling Back In Time Could Really, Physically Be Possible
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How Traveling Back In Time Could Really, Physically Be Possible

It's one of the greatest tropes in movies, literature, and television shows: the idea that we could travel back in time to alter the past.

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence
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The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia cofounder Chris Malachowsky is eating a sausage omelet and sipping burnt coffee in a Denny's off the Berryessa overpass in San Jose.

Feds Want to ­se Your Fingerprints to Open Iphones. Why Isn't It Working?
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Feds Want to ­se Your Fingerprints to Open Iphones. Why Isn't It Working?

A single sentence was all that was needed to detail the results of a search warrant executed last month on a cell phone in Texas: "Unable to obtain forensic aquisition...

Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet
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Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet

Princeton University professor Jennifer Rexford recently was awarded the Athena Lecturer award by ACM's Council on Women in Computing. 

The Hard Disk of the Future Will Be Ten Thousand Times Faster, Researchers Say
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The Hard Disk of the Future Will Be Ten Thousand Times Faster, Researchers Say

Think your computer is pretty slow?

No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution
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No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution

Robin Pedraja, a lanky 28-year-old former design student from Havana, walked into the Cuban government’s office of periodicals and publications early last year...

Air Force's Secret 'gorgon Stare' Program Leaves Terrorists Nowhere To Hide
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Air Force's Secret 'gorgon Stare' Program Leaves Terrorists Nowhere To Hide

In Greek mythology, Gorgons were creatures whose terrible visages could turn men to stone with a single glance.

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines
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The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

Tony Coles could have had any job he wanted in the drug industry.

The Rags-To-Riches Tale of How Jan Koum Built Whatsapp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby
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The Rags-To-Riches Tale of How Jan Koum Built Whatsapp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist...

This Iphone-Size Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate
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This Iphone-Size Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles' increasingly networked systems are protected...

Meet The 'assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins
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Meet The 'assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

As Bitcoin becomes an increasingly popular form of digital cash, the cryptocurrency is being accepted in exchange for everything from socks to sushi to heroin.

E-Zpasses Get Read All Over New York (not Just at Toll Booths)
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E-Zpasses Get Read All Over New York (not Just at Toll Booths)

After spotting a police car with two huge boxes on its trunk—that turned out to be license-plate-reading cameras—a man in New Jersey became obsessed with the loss...
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