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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.


Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S
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Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S

Companies market to you according to your shopping habits, your age, your salary, and your social-media activities. In the future, they may be able to advertise...

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics
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Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics

Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In...

How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements
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How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements

Wireless operators have access to an unprecedented volume of information about users' real-world activities, but for years these massive data troves were put to...

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun
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Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which President Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February, will...

Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started
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Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started

Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history.

Autopsy of a Dead Social Network
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Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.

Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics
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Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics

A beige office block in Shanghai's suburbs belonging to the Chinese army became world famous on Tuesday after Mandiant, a Washington-based computer security company...

Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex
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Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex

Every summer, computer security experts get together in Las Vegas for Black Hat and DEFCON, conferences that have earned notoriety for presentations demonstrating...

An Internet For Manufacturing
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An Internet For Manufacturing

What is the industrial Internet?

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
From ACM News

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves.

How Delays Propagate Across the U.s. Airport Network
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How Delays Propagate Across the U.s. Airport Network

The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems has simulated how flight delays spread across the U.S. airport network like wildfires.  

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
From ACM Opinion

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
From ACM Opinion

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
From ACM Opinion

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable
From ACM News

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable


What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft
From ACM Opinion

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's...

How to Steal Data from Your Neighbor in the Cloud
From ACM News

How to Steal Data from Your Neighbor in the Cloud

Cloud computing teaches people not to worry about physical equipment for hosting data and running software.

Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant
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Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant

Companies like Apple and Samsung are the public face of the smartphone and tablet boom, but they all rely on ARM, the British company that licenses the energy-efficient...

Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday
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Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday

A decade and a half into the Web revolution, we do much of our banking and shopping online. So why can't we vote over the Internet? The answer is that voting presents...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
From ACM Careers

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.
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