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Facebook's New Tools to Help the Blind Navigate Social Media
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Facebook's New Tools to Help the Blind Navigate Social Media

Engineer Matt King is blind and works on Facebook's accessibility team, which helps the service make it easier for the visually impaired to interact with it.

Bitcoin Draws Attention of California Regulators
From ACM News

Bitcoin Draws Attention of California Regulators

Even the state of California can't quite figure out what the bitcoin Internet currency phenomenon is all about—or whether it's legal in California.

'hidden' Economy in Silicon Valley Built Without Advanced Degrees
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'hidden' Economy in Silicon Valley Built Without Advanced Degrees

Silicon Valley is world-renowned for the Nobel Prize winners and MacArthur "geniuses" behind theoretical breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, and...

Sri International Is an Innovation Powerhouse Trying to Rise Above the Noise of Apple, Google, and Facebook
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Sri International Is an Innovation Powerhouse Trying to Rise Above the Noise of Apple, Google, and Facebook

When Intel worried years ago that its marvelous innovation wasn't being noticed by consumers-at-large, it launched the ubiquitous "Intel Inside" campaign.

Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future
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Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future

It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style: I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research...

Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket
From ACM News

Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket

The days of madly flipping through bilingual phrase books while trying to converse with somebody in another language is fast giving way to a technological alternative...

Peter G. Neumann: Top Cop on the Hair-Raising Cybersecurity Beat
From ACM Opinion

Peter G. Neumann: Top Cop on the Hair-Raising Cybersecurity Beat

The threat is always there—in your car, at the office, on the table next to where you sleep at night: a near-biblical plague of worms, phisher kings, identity thieves...

Cloud ­se Grows, and So Does Security Threat
From ACM News

Cloud ­se Grows, and So Does Security Threat

Holding everything from highly personal medical and social media material to confidential financial and corporate documents, Internet-based cloud services are gathering...

3d Software Key to Designing Many of Today's Consumer Products
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3d Software Key to Designing Many of Today's Consumer Products

While developing an electric bicycle for his San Rafael company, Marcus Hays had planned to insert a battery into one of the bike's supporting tubes. But then he...

Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World
From ACM Opinion

Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World

Swirling with lunacy and paranoia, the theories warn of mayhem and cataclysm.

Silicon Valley Technology Could Be Key to Connect Cars For Safer Driving
From ACM News

Silicon Valley Technology Could Be Key to Connect Cars For Safer Driving

While Google's self-driving car is getting heaps of attention, a lesser-known effort that would employ Silicon Valley technologies to make regular automobiles safer...

Does Rise of Biometrics Mean a Future Without Anonymity?
From ACM News

Does Rise of Biometrics Mean a Future Without Anonymity?

Long envisioned as an alternative to remembering scores of computer passwords or lugging around keys to cars, homes and businesses, technology that identifies people...

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
From ACM News

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
From ACM News

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley
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China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Now at a critical juncture in its quest to become a superpower, China is turning to Western regions like the Silicon Valley for help with its next technical leap...

From ACM News

Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...

From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley Foreign Worker Search Speeds ­p After Lull

Technology firms have tripled their recruitment of foreign workers this spring after a hiring lull of several years—a development that is reigniting the debate...

Silicon Valley Tech Executive Nabbed in False Barcode Scheme Involving Lego Toys
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Silicon Valley Tech Executive Nabbed in False Barcode Scheme Involving Lego Toys

Ever since smartphones got their own bar code scanners, it's become commonplace for store security officers—who carefully monitor surveillance cameras at big box...

Wireless Medical Monitors Transforming Patient Care
From ACM News

Wireless Medical Monitors Transforming Patient Care

It's hard to find a better example of how technology is revolutionizing patient care than the tiny edible sensor Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City plans to begin...

New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices
From ACM News

New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices

Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music, and send email. But while their gadgets have been designed to handle increasing amounts...
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