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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.


Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Block on the Old Chip
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A Block on the Old Chip

Block copolymers may help transistors shrink to tinier dimensions.

Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog
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Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Weaving the Web
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Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup...

The Key to Privacy
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The Key to Privacy

40 years ago, Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman introduced the public key cryptography used to secure today's online transactions.

Forging Relationships
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Forging Relationships

Michael Stonebraker didn't realize at the outset that it would take six years to create INGRES, one of the world's first relational databases.

Plenty of Proteins
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Plenty of Proteins

The growth of structural biology brings new challenges for the world's protein data archive.

Visualizing Sound
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Visualizing Sound

New techniques capture speech by looking for the vibrations it causes.

Gradual Evolution
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Gradual Evolution

Dynamically typed languages adopt features of static typing to cope with growth.

General Agreement
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General Agreement

Leslie Lamport contributed to the theory and practice of building distributed computing systems that work as intended.

Playing at Health
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Playing at Health

Developers try to tap the beneficial effects of video games.

A Touch of Security
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A Touch of Security

Biometrics hold promise, but haven’t yet paid off in consumer devices.

Nsa's Surveillance Program Could Dig Deep
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Nsa's Surveillance Program Could Dig Deep

The U.S. National Security Agency has shrouded its collection of Americans’ personal information in secrecy, which makes it difficult to judge whether that data...

Backing Creativity
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Backing Creativity

Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.

Proofs Probable
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Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

Employers Struggle to Fill Computer Security Jobs
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Employers Struggle to Fill Computer Security Jobs

Corporations and government agencies are scrambling to find new ways to attract people to jobs in information security, thanks to a growing gap between the demand...

Stopping the Leaks
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Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

Remaking American Medicine
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Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Twitter as Medium and Message
From Communications of the ACM

Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.
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