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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.


Why Google Went Instant
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Why Google Went Instant

The service, an engineering marvel, could boost Google's bottom line.

Searching For Fun
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Searching For Fun

Research suggests that search engines could tap into users' need to be entertained.

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A Search Service that Can Peer Into the Future

Yahoo!'s Barcelona research lab has developed Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine that generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the...

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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.

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Computing with Secrets, but Keeping them Safe

A novel technique could see future Web services work with sensitive data without ever being able to read it. Several implementations of a mathematical proof unveiled...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
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Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

Real-Time Search
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Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

Combing Medical Records For Research
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Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

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A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...

Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light
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Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light

A wireless network that uses reflected infrared light instead of radio waves has transmitted data through the air at a speed of one gigabit per second—six to 14...

Getting a Grip on Online Buzz
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Getting a Grip on Online Buzz

Big-name companies increasingly recognize the importance of discussions about their products on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But keeping track...

Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity
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Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity

Over the last few years, scientists have discovered hundreds of genetic variants linked to disease. But the vast majority of that research has focused on people...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Researchers at Yahoo!'s Labs in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a distributed search approach that spreads the search index and additional data out over a larger...

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality
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Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality

In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair...

Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond
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Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond

WikiTrust, developed by University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers, helps users evaluate information published on Wikipedia by automatically assigning...

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How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...
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