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When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
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When a Company Is Put ­p For Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

Consumer Groups Back Out of Federal Talks on Face Recognition
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Consumer Groups Back Out of Federal Talks on Face Recognition

A central component of President Obama's effort to give consumers more control over how companies collect and share their most sensitive personal details has run...

Korean ​robot Makers Walk Off With $2 Million Prize
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Korean ​robot Makers Walk Off With $2 Million Prize

A team of roboticists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology claimed a $2 million prize on Saturday that was offered by a Pentagon research...

Can the Swiss Watchmaker Survive the Digital Age?
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Can the Swiss Watchmaker Survive the Digital Age?

Pim Koeslag designs and fabricates some of the world's most complicated mechanical timepieces.

Computer Scientists Are Astir After Baidu Team Is Barred From A.i. Competition
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Computer Scientists Are Astir After Baidu Team Is Barred From A.i. Competition

A group of researchers at the Chinese web services company Baidu have been barred from participating in an international competition for artificial intelligence...

The Agency
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The Agency

Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got...

Supreme Court Overturns Conviction in Online Threats Case, Citing Intent
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Supreme Court Overturns Conviction in Online Threats Case, Citing Intent

The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder to prosecute people for threats made on Facebook and other social media, reversing the conviction of a Pennsylvania man...

Behind the Downfall at Blackberry
From ACM Opinion

Behind the Downfall at Blackberry

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant...

New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed
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New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed

In an engineering laboratory here, a robot has learned to screw the cap on a bottle, even figuring out the need to apply a subtle backward twist to find the thread...

A Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won't Hurt the Climate
From ACM News

A Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won't Hurt the Climate

It is perhaps the most daunting challenge facing experts in both the fields of climate and computer science—creating a supercomputer that can accurately model the...

Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues
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Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues

At a mock airport in an underground laboratory here at Northeastern University, students pretending to be passengers head through a security exit in the right direction...

With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps
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With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps

The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives...

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82
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Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the Dsl Internet Technology, Dies at 82

In the late 1980s, Joseph W. Lechleider came up with a clever solution to a puzzling technical problem, making it possible to bring high-speed Internet service...

­nforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos
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­nforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

"This is a really new birthplace of stars," Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, said of the new image, which shows a cluster...

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game
From ACM News

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Which outfielders take the most efficient routes to a fly ball? Which pitcher's curveball has the highest spin rate? Which batter has the fastest speed to first...

Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers
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Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Cesar Cerrudo, chief technology officer at IOActive Labs, says "smart city" technologies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower
From ACM News

On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower

An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the...

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data
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Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

The bookshelves in Natasha Dow Schüll’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are punctuated here and there with kitchen timers: a windup orange plastic...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?
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If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?

Armies of the finest minds in computer science have dedicated themselves to improving the odds of making a sale.
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