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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter
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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...

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

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
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As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.

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.

The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind
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The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

Technology writer Clive Thompson believes technology is improving human intelligence. 

Visually Impaired Turn to Smartphones to See Their World
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Visually Impaired Turn to Smartphones to See Their World

Advocates for the visually impaired say smartphones and tablets could be the most helpful assistive aid to emerge since the invention of Braille. 

Military Lags in Push For Robotic Ground Vehicles
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Military Lags in Push For Robotic Ground Vehicles

While private companies are moving forward with self-driving vehicles, the U.S. military has been slow to deploy the technology. 

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
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Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself," wrote Walt Whitman, America's great bard of self-promotion.

Harvey's Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit
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Harvey's Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit

Glenn Fleisig's rather unusual laboratory has a pitcher's mound and a home plate, and when he rigs people up to throw a baseball, their motion is analyzed with...

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
From ACM Opinion

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them

I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious.

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator
From ACM Careers

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator

Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless...

Intel's Extensive Makeover
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Intel's Extensive Makeover

While Apple talked about a couple of new products on Tuesday, Intel, with much less fanfare, talked about the transformation of a world, and itself.

Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans
From ACM News

Beyond Passwords: New Tools to Identify Humans

As everything around us becomes connected to the Internet, from cars to thermometers to the stuff inside our mobile phones, technologists are confronting a tough...

Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s
From ACM News

Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that...

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study
From ACM News

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study

Surveillance is certainly much in the news lately. Most notably, of course, there is the continuing outcry over the National Security Agency’s call-tracking program...

As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All
From ACM TechNews

As Tennis Stats Proliferate, Software Tries to Make Sense of It All

SlamTracker software sifts through 20 years of data to predict how tennis players could perform under various circumstances. 

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass
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How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Google wants to see what you see. And then, of course, make money from those images.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
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Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

How to Share Scientific Data
From ACM News

How to Share Scientific Data

Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth catalog and a Silicon Valley muse, once said that information wanted to be free and expensive, simultaneously. That...

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House
From ACM News

As New Targets For Hackers, Your Car and Your House

Imagine driving on the freeway at 60 miles per hour and your car suddenly screeches to a halt, causing a pileup that injures dozens of people.
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