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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.


Smuggler-Spotting Software Sniffs Out Dodgy Shipments
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Smuggler-Spotting Software Sniffs Out Dodgy Shipments

Machine intelligence could make it easier to spot illicit cargo among the goods that move through the world's ports. 

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
From ACM News

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.

Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa
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Private Data Gatekeeper Stands Between You and the Nsa

OpenPDS allows users to see and control any third-party requests for their information. 

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life
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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt For Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.

Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks
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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies...

China's Next-Generation Internet Is a World-Beater
From ACM TechNews

China's Next-Generation Internet Is a World-Beater

China is developing a next-generation national Internet that reportedly is on a larger scale than anything being developed in the West. 

Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life
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Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life

When Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor first exploded onto the gaming scene in 2010, it wasn't long before people started getting excited about what it might make...

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

Silent Skype Calls Can Hide Secret Messages
From ACM News

Silent Skype Calls Can Hide Secret Messages

Got a secret message to send? Say it with silence.

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
From ACM News

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

How Metadata Brought Down CIA Boss David Petraeus
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How Metadata Brought Down CIA Boss David Petraeus

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus was brought down by metadata, which is not covered by the Stored Communications Act.

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

First Evidence For Iran's Parallel Halal Internet
From ACM TechNews

First Evidence For Iran's Parallel Halal Internet

Iranian officials have long discussed developing a religiously acceptable internal network, known as the "halal" Internet, which is isolated from the World Wide...

The Real Tron: It Security as a Shoot 'em Up
From ACM TechNews

The Real Tron: It Security as a Shoot 'em Up

MIT researchers have developed an approach that allows IT security professionals to patrol their assigned environments as if they were playing a first-person shooter...

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p
From ACM News

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p

Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software.

Cameras Know You By Your Walk
From ACM News

Cameras Know You By Your Walk

Everyone knows how easy it is to recognize a friend or family member from their walk—even from a distance.

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay
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Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay

Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known...

Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare
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Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare

Micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) with uncanny navigation and real-time mapping capabilities could soon be zipping through indoor and outdoor spaces, running reconnaissance...
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