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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.


Researchers Exchange Mooc Results in Learning@scale Conference
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Researchers Exchange Mooc Results in Learning@scale Conference

Nearly 200 attendees from both computer science and learning science met to exchange research on MOOCs at the first annual ACM Learning@Scale Conference in Atlanta...

STEM Festival Aims To Enthrall The Young With Robot Zoo
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STEM Festival Aims To Enthrall The Young With Robot Zoo

The USA Science & Engineering Festival this year will include a "Robot Zoo" where robot-builders can show their creations.

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike
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'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike

Ushahidi — or "testimony" in Swahili — has played a central role in coordinating responses to crises around the globe.

Moocs Evolve; Version 2.0 Aims to Retain More Students
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Moocs Evolve; Version 2.0 Aims to Retain More Students

Given that student retention rates typically hover at just around 4-5% of those participating in free Web classes, some online courses have evolved to a sort of...

Grassroots Groups Work to Inspire Women To Code
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Grassroots Groups Work to Inspire Women To Code

New organizations aim to introduce women to computing at the local level.

Google's Mini-Films Bring to Life the Early Days of Computing and the Internet
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Google's Mini-Films Bring to Life the Early Days of Computing and the Internet

Google is sponsoring a series of mini-films about Britain's role in the early days of computers and the Internet.

­nique School For Coders: Tuition-Free – ­ntil You're Hired
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­nique School For Coders: Tuition-Free – ­ntil You're Hired

A new school for programmers stands behind the ability of its students to find jobs — if you can't find one within a year, tuition is free.

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists
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'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists

"Big data" from crowdsourcing resulted in more complex predictions.

Moocs Strategize To Generate Revenue
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Moocs Strategize To Generate Revenue

MOOCs are being pressed to come up with revenue-producing business models. Are they being held to a higher standard than other Internet startups? 

Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?
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Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?

Symantec says $110 billion annually while McAfee says $1 trillion. Why can't anyone agree?

In the Year of Disruptive Education
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In the Year of Disruptive Education

As college tuitions soar, various online models vie to educate college students worldwide — at no cost.

Mobile App Puts Brakes on Texting While Driving
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Mobile App Puts Brakes on Texting While Driving

Everyone knows that texting while driving kills, but that’s not enough to incentivize many people, especially teens, to keep their eyes on the road. Now a new mobile...

In Honor of Alan Turing
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In Honor of Alan Turing

Thirty-two of the 39 living A.M. Turing Award laureates gathered in San Francisco to pay tribute to "the father of CS" and discuss the past, present, and future...

The Technology Race For Intelligent E-Textbooks
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The Technology Race For Intelligent E-Textbooks

The next-generation college textbook will undoubtedly be an "intelligent e-textbook." 

Success of Wpi’s Robotics Program Inspires Other ­niversities
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Success of Wpi’s Robotics Program Inspires Other ­niversities

The success of the nation’s first undergrad robotics engineering program has inspired two universities that are now experiencing the very same challenges.  

Five Reasons Why It's A Great Time to Major in Computer Science
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Five Reasons Why It's A Great Time to Major in Computer Science

While computer science always seems to be an excellent career choice, this happens to be a particularly great time to pursue a CS major, say experts.

Lost and Found
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Lost and Found

Researchers discover computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's long-forgotten Z9, the world's first program-controlled binary relay calculator using floating-point arithmetic...

­niversity of Florida Endangers CS Department
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­niversity of Florida Endangers CS Department

Four weeks into the academic tussle between computer science students and the administration of the University of Florida, the controversy surrounding a drastic...

A Workshop Revival
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A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.

Stanford Schooling – Gratis!
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Stanford Schooling – Gratis!

Stanford University's experiment with online classes could help transform computer science education.
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