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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
From ACM TechNews

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations
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Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations

E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday.

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
From ACM TechNews

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers...

The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute
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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101
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UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms
From ACM TechNews

Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory's Open Agriculture Initiative has developed a self-contained indoor farm.

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet.

Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds
From ACM TechNews

Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds

Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack.

Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You
From ACM TechNews

Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You

The Common Business-Oriented Language (Cobol) remains the most prevalent programming language in the financial services industry worldwide.

Women Tech Hiring Sees Minuscule Growth, Short of Hopes
From ACM TechNews

Women Tech Hiring Sees Minuscule Growth, Short of Hopes

Women were represented in 24% of technical roles this year, with growth of 1.09% over last year, according to an AnitaB.org survey. About 13% of technical roles...

Holograms Are Helping Medical Training
From ACM TechNews

Holograms Are Helping Medical Training

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing mixed-reality software for the education of nurse trainees.

The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
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The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut

Six decades after the U-2 flew its first mission, the military is trying to harness artificial-intelligence technology to enhance the venerable spy plane's combat...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
From ACM News

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role
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JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role

Manuela Veloso will build on the U.S. bank's existing work applying machine learning technology.

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
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Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted Users
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Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted Users

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users...

Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big U.S. Export
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Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big U.S. Export

The Trump administration's proposed crackdown on China's trade practices could hit one sector where the U.S. runs a big trade surplus: higher education.

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program
From ACM TechNews

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

The Chinese government wants to cultivate programming skills in children, but parents are reluctant to encourage it.
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