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J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries
From ACM Opinion

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate
From ACM News

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate

Does anybody really know what time it is?

IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings
From ACM Careers

IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings

There was little change among the largest recipients of U.S. patents in 2014. But two big Silicon Valley names—Google and Apple—continued climbing the charts.

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns
From ACM News

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

By 2015, the world will have 25 billion smart thermostats, fitness bands, and other Internet-connected, data-spewing devices, according to the Federal Trade Commission...

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
From ACM Opinion

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...

Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data
From ACM News

Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data

Adults living in the U.S. overwhelmingly believe that the government and private companies are violating their privacy, a new survey found.

What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?
From ACM News

What Is Tor? Did Police Outfox It?

European police Friday said they had figured out how to pierce an Internet privacy tool used by dissidents, journalists and online drug dealers.

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
From ACM News

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort
From ACM News

Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort

Scientists can't seem to agree on what a quantum computer is. But the uncertainty hasn't deterred Google from backing a second major effort in the field.

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body
From ACM News

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push
From ACM News

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Systems, which has been developing a radically different kind of computer since 1999, has installed a grand total of two systems outside its premises. But...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
From ACM Opinion

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage
From ACM News

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script
From ACM Careers

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script

Learn to code. Get a job. Then what?

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
From ACM TechNews

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

The United Nations on Tuesday began its first-ever multinational convention on "lethal autonomous weapons systems." 

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
From ACM News

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet
From ACM News

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
From ACM News

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate
From ACM News

Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate

Regardless of what caused a Malaysia Airlines jet to disappear from the sky over the weekend, air-safety experts predict it will reignite debate over new technology...

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'
From ACM News

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'

For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says...
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