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Hacking Traffic Lights With a Laptop Is Easy
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Hacking Traffic Lights With a Laptop Is Easy

Security researchers with permission from local road authorities hacked into nearly 100 wirelessly networked traffic lights and were able to change the lights on...

­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing
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­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to develop technology that will enable computers to think like humans. 

Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award
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Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

An expert in machine learning and Bayesian statistics at Princeton University is the recipient of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computer Sciences. 

Open Source Project Builds Mobile Networks Without Big Carriers
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Open Source Project Builds Mobile Networks Without Big Carriers

Range Networks is working on an open source project that aims to shift mobile network creation from proprietary hardware to inexpensive commodity hardware. 

Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges
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Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges

Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf said strong regulations are needed to address privacy and other challenges the Internet of Things presents...

To Thwart Spies, IETF Wants to 'Strengthen the Internet'
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To Thwart Spies, IETF Wants to 'Strengthen the Internet'

Internet Engineering Task Force chair Jari Arkko recently spoke about the need for the engineers behind the Internet to push for new standards that would make it...

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not
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Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not

SC13 will hold its annual Supercomputing Conference the week of November 17 in Denver as scheduled, regardless of the status of the U.S. government shutdown.

Linux Kernel Luminaries Talk Enterprise, Embedded and Why They're Coming Together
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Linux Kernel Luminaries Talk Enterprise, Embedded and Why They're Coming Together

Although developing the Linux kernel is a difficult and complicated process, it also is one that is moving ahead with some speed. 

10 Hottest It Jobs: Developers, Developers, Developers
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10 Hottest It Jobs: Developers, Developers, Developers

Software developers are overall the most desirable information technology (IT) hires companies are seeking, with mobile developers especially sought-after.

NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids
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NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids

NASA announced two programs that call on organizations around the world to help spot, track, and possibly alter the direction of asteroids headed for Earth. 

It’s in the Algorithm: Tight Races in Major League Baseball Chase This Year
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It’s in the Algorithm: Tight Races in Major League Baseball Chase This Year

Researchers have used a mathematical analysis to compute the number of regular season games each Major League Baseball team should win in 2013. 

Crowd-Funding Is Working For Open Source Projects
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Crowd-Funding Is Working For Open Source Projects

The company behind the LiveCode development tool has used crowd-funding to raise the money it needs (and more) to create an open source edition of its software. ...

Big Data Roadblocks Will Slow Driverless Cars ­ntil 2040, Analyst Says
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Big Data Roadblocks Will Slow Driverless Cars ­ntil 2040, Analyst Says

Despite aggressive predictions on the time frame for mainstream adoption of driverless cars due to progress in autonomous vehicle technology, some experts say privacy...

Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat
From ACM TechNews

Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat

Technology professionals' average salaries rose 5.3 percent to $85,619 last year, according to Dice. Tech professionals with at least 15 years of experience saw...

Looking Forward to a Future Internet
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Looking Forward to a Future Internet

The future of the Internet was in doubt heading into December and the World Conference on International Telecommunications.  Neither those who want to control the...

Toyota Testing Smart Cars That Talk to Each Other and to the Road
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Toyota Testing Smart Cars That Talk to Each Other and to the Road

Toyota is testing smart cars that talk to each other and to the roads on the 700 MHz band with the goal of reducing traffic accidents.

Insider Security Threat Gets a Serious Look By ­.s. Security Agencies
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Insider Security Threat Gets a Serious Look By ­.s. Security Agencies

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, and Carnegie Mellon University recently published a study that examined the technical...

From ACM TechNews

The Wild World of Wearable Computers

The technology associated with wearable computers is growing quickly and could become a priority in the near future.

Geek Squad Exec: 'what Happens If More of Our Innovators Are Women?'
From ACM TechNews

Geek Squad Exec: 'what Happens If More of Our Innovators Are Women?'

Best Buy's Geek Squad Summer Academy has grown from a one-day, one-city, all-girls camp into a nationwide coed program that will host nearly 10,000 students in...

­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World
From ACM TechNews

­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World

A recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation focused on ways to enhance collaboration between commercial and...
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