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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.


Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists
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Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists

 Goethe University researchers have found indications of the Weber-Fichner law in the size distribution of Internet files. 

Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq
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Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq

"Carrier IQ" is a company that sells software to wireless companies that reports how well networks are performing in real-time, by sending performance data from...

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Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists

Evidence has emerged that the brain's capacity to absorb information is limiting the amount of data humanity can produce.

Beauty Now in the Eye of the Algorithm
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Beauty Now in the Eye of the Algorithm

Xerox Research Center Europe computer scientists have developed technology that sorts photographs by their content as well as their aesthetic qualities. The technology...

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Transcending Borders but Not Laws

As cloud computing spreads data around the globe, a haze of legal and privacy questions follows.

Mouthpieces Gather Impact Data from Football Players
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Mouthpieces Gather Impact Data from Football Players

Stanford researchers think the wireless mouth guards will be better than specialized helmets at measuring head injuries.

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With Big Data Comes Big Responsibilities

Researchers at the University of New South Wales and Microsoft presented a paper at the Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society that illustrates the...

'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians
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'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians

The proliferation of ways to measure things—point-of-service terminals, Web analytics, geographic and temporal records, even semantic information—means businesses...

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Mining Data For Better Medicine

The antidepressant Paxil was approved for sale in 1992, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol in 1996. Company studies proved that each drug, on its own, works...

Mining Data For Better Medicine
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Mining Data For Better Medicine

Researchers are utilizing digital medical records to conduct wide-ranging studies on the effects of certain drugs and how they relate to different populations. 

The New Big Data
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The New Big Data

Industry research and academic labs will present the latest big data techniques during the 17th ACM conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). 

A Cloud That Can't Leak
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A Cloud That Can't Leak

Microsoft researchers have developed a prototype data security system designed to ensure that information can only escape in an encrypted form that would be nearly...

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Massive Project to Study the Link Between Genetics and Health

Kaiser Permanente has compiled the genetic and medical data of 100,000 of its members.

A Preview of Future Disk Drives
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A Preview of Future Disk Drives

A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage...

The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor...

Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information
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Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information

A single atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device.

Extracting Business Ideas From It Logs
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Extracting Business Ideas From It Logs

Many companies' IT infrastructure is automatically gathering a comprehensive picture of their whole business, in the form of everything from Web server and phone...

Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market
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Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market

Early 2011 will see printed memory devices in toys and printed sensors in packages used to ship drugs.

Computers Get Help from the Human Brain
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Computers Get Help from the Human Brain

Tapping into the processing power of the human brain could help computers with some tasks.

Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time
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Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time

Specialized hardware and software could provide new insights into the social Web.
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