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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.


What Are Your Apps Hiding?
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What Are Your Apps Hiding?

Researchers have found the user experience is largely unaffected by much of the data transferred between the top 500 free Google Android cellphone applications. ...

A Basis For All Cryptography
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A Basis For All Cryptography

The inability to practically apply indistinguishability obfuscation to deliver secure cryptography may be mitigated with an efficient method for functional encryption...

Crash-Tolerant Data Storage
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Crash-Tolerant Data Storage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what they call the first computer file system that ensures no loss of data when the system crashes...

Shoring ­p Tor
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Shoring ­p Tor

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. 

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

Advance in Quantum Error Correction
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Advance in Quantum Error Correction

Researchers have developed a quantum error correction code that requires the measurement of only a few quantum bits at a time. 

"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting
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"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Researchers are using microscopic variations to "fingerprint" silicon chips used in consumer-product tags to combat product counterfeiting. 

Cloud Security Reaches Silicon
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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

Researchers are working to implement a way to thwart criminals from inferring computer data based on the pattern in which the machine accesses its memory.

Better Debugger
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Better Debugger

Researchers last week unveiled a new algorithm for identifying integer-overflow bugs. 

Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"
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Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"

A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.

Who's Using Your Data?
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Who's Using Your Data?

The HTTP with Accountability protocol is designed to track the transmission of private data and enable the data owner to see how it is used online. 

Bringing the World Reboot-Less ­pdates
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Bringing the World Reboot-Less ­pdates

The Ksplice software automatically applies patches to an operating system without having to reboot. 

New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

WiTrack is a new a three-dimensional (3D) motion-tracking technology that uses radio signals to track a person through walls and other obstacles. 

New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

Protecting Data in the Cloud
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Protecting Data in the Cloud

A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns. 

New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

Securing the Cloud
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Securing the Cloud

Researchers have created an encryption algorithm that could improve security for cloud computing technology. 

Making Quantum Encryption Practical
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Making Quantum Encryption Practical

One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior...

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras
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System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

MIT researchers have developed a system that can analyze several surveillance cameras more accurately and in less time than it would take a human operator.  

Engineering a Safer World
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Engineering a Safer World

MIT professor Nancy Leveson recently hosted a workshop to educate more than 250 safety engineering professionals from around the world about System-Theoretic Accident...
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