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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign ­sing Fake Accounts
From ACM News

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign ­sing Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can
From ACM News

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve
From ACM News

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

The mind-reading headsets won't read minds.

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.
From ACM TechNews

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Researchers have developed a rotary actuated dodecahedron sampler, a device for studying soft sea creatures such as jellyfish or squid in their natural habitats...

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
From ACM Opinion

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War
From ACM News

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole
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Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

It was the smallest bullet you could possibly imagine, a subatomic particle weighing barely more than a thought, and a cosmic blunderbuss, a supermassive black...

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
From ACM News

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras
From ACM News

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
From ACM TechNews

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

U.K. researchers have created a virtual reality environment that allows biochemists studying a molecule to perform tasks nearly 10 times faster than on a screen...

Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge
From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge

When you step off the train here and walk into the city square outside the railway station, you will not see the spires of King's College Chapel or the turrets...

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
From ACM News

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors.

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants
From ACM News

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall...

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes
From ACM Careers

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

For Anthony Nighswander, rock-bottom unemployment is both a headache and an opportunity. For businesses and workers, it could be the key to reversing one of the...

China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker
From ACM News

China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker

America is now home to the world's speediest supercomputer. But the new list of the 500 swiftest machines underlines how much faster China is building them.

Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89
From ACM TechNews

Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89

Frank Heart, who supervised development of the first routing computer for the precursor to the Internet, has passed away.

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid
From ACM News

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid

Here's the mission for Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a nutshell: Fly to a carbon-rich asteroid between the orbits of Earth and Mars, study it for a year and a...

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
From ACM News

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You
From ACM News

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

The camera perched above the bus stop sends back a continuous feed from the corner of 16th Avenue and South 18th Street in Newark's West Ward.
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