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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.


Vanishing Electronics
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Vanishing Electronics

Engineers are reinventing electronics by building safe devices that dissolve in the body or within the environment. The technology could redefine everything from...

A New Model For Healthcare
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A New Model For Healthcare

Computer modeling is radically redefining healthcare and epidemiology by providing new tools for understanding the impact of different intervention strategies.

Advertising Gets Personal
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Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Policing the Future
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Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

Living in a Digital World
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Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?
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How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?

SpamRankings.net uses "name and shame" to publicize organizations that are infected by spam bots.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Spies Among Us?
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Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

Tracking Garbage
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Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Making Automation Work
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Making Automation Work

Today's automated systems provide enormous safety and convenience. However, when glitches, problems, or breakdowns occur, the results can be catastrophic.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
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Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
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Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

The First Internet President
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The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

Upwardly Mobile
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Upwardly Mobile

Mobile phones are bridging the digital divide and transforming many economic, social, and medical realities, particularly in developing nations.
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