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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.


Raising a Botnet in Captivity
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Raising a Botnet in Captivity

Researchers created their own, imprisoned, network of zombie computers to better learn how to take down those at large on the Internet.

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.

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A Minority Report Interface For the Rest of ­S

Two programmers have developed Toscanini, a free gestural computer interface that provides a connection between a user's movements and digital instruments such...

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New Google Tool Makes Websites Twice as Fast

The optimization tool is the latest result of Google's speed obsession and could add to the company's bottom line.

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.

Adding Human Intelligence to Software
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Adding Human Intelligence to Software

MIT researchers have developed TurKit, a toolkit that enables users to write algorithms to coordinate online workers using Javascript and create human intelligence...

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Scvngr's Hunt: Retailers Who See Dollars in Game Dynamics

Can location-based games for smart phones boost foot traffic at stores?

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An Operating System to Run It All

Intel's MeeGo will let apps span tablets, phones, and TVs.

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Now Your App Knows Where You Are

Geolocation analytics could help companies to improve their apps—and make more money from them.

Cell Phones Make a Touch Surface Smarter
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Cell Phones Make a Touch Surface Smarter

A new system identifies users by their mobile phones.

Turning Thoughts Into Words
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Turning Thoughts Into Words

University of Utah researchers are developing a brain-computer interface that provides a way to communicate for people who are unable to talk or move but are awake...

Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna
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Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna

The trick lets sensors last five times as long between charges.

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The Next Stage of Online Video Evolution

HTML5 is changing the look of Web video, but can it edge out Flash?

How to Remake Life
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How to Remake Life

Venter Institute researchers have made the first viable cell with a synthetic genome.

How Coders Can Help Fight Climate Change
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How Coders Can Help Fight Climate Change

University of Toronto professor Steve Easterbrook has issued a research paper in which he outlines how software engineers can help climate scientists build computer...

Taking Over a Car
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Taking Over a Car

Researchers "break in" with software and a laptop.

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A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future

Showing news stories on a timeline has been tried before. But Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine created in Yahoo's Barcelona research lab, generates...

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Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a networking router that transmits data at nearly 40 gigabytes per second,...

Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web
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Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web

Many companies are turning to social-media sites to gauge the success of a new product and service. The latest activity on Facebook, Twitter, and countless other...

Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records
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Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records

Software-driven networking will enable new Internet protocols.
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