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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 Bitcoin Matters
From ACM Opinion

Why Bitcoin Matters

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers...

N.s.a. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers
From ACM News

N.s.a. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those...

The Next Data Privacy Battle May Be Waged Inside Your Car
From ACM News

The Next Data Privacy Battle May Be Waged Inside Your Car

Cars are becoming smarter than ever, with global positioning systems, Internet connections, data recorders and high-definition cameras.

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients
From ACM Opinion

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

I remember when I first looked up a patient on Google.

When the Future Isn't a Keyboard
From ACM News

When the Future Isn't a Keyboard

Intel says it has seen the future, and it doesn’t include a keyboard.

Viewing Where the Internet Goes
From ACM Opinion

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?

Bitcoin Collides With Government Concerns
From ACM News

Bitcoin Collides With Government Concerns

If Bitcoin is a bubble, as its critics contend, it is showing signs of deflation.

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
From ACM News

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.

Big Data's Little Brother
From ACM Careers

Big Data's Little Brother

David Soloff is recruiting an army of "hyperdata" collectors.

Nest's Tony Fadell on Smart Objects, and the Singularity of Innovation
From ACM Opinion

Nest's Tony Fadell on Smart Objects, and the Singularity of Innovation

Tony Fadell is the founder and chief executive of Nest, a company that is trying to bring a high-end technology experience to some of the most prosaic areas of...

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry
From ACM Careers

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry

On Stanford University’s sprawling campus, where a long palm-lined drive leads to manicured quads, humanities professors produce highly regarded scholarship on...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
From ACM Opinion

The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks

The shape of a person's social network is a powerful signal that can identify one's spouse or romantic partner, according to Cornell University's Jon Kleinberg...

Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site
From ACM News

Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site

Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama's online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow...

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts
From ACM Opinion

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to...

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck
From ACM News

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck

While sitting in a stuffy Hollywood hotel conference room recently, I plotted my next move outside a snow-covered, ancient castle.

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter
From ACM Careers

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides, ladders, and firefighter...

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online
From ACM News

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online

In March last year, a college freshman named Maxwell Birnbaum was riding in a van filled with friends from Austin, Tex., to a spring-break rental house in Gulf...

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'
From ACM News

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.

A Google Glass Alternative in Japan
From ACM News

A Google Glass Alternative in Japan

Foreign tourists visiting this city have long encountered translation help.
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