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

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 ­sers
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Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers

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...

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain
From ACM TechNews

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
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This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT
From ACM TechNews

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to plot more efficient public-school bus routes.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
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At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat
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Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
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How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work
From ACM TechNews

Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work

Technology companies are leveraging internships and other programs to help women return to work and update the skills they need to be competitive. 

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market
From ACM News

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., a firm at the center of Wall Street’s trading infrastructure, is about to give the technology behind bitcoin a big test: seeing...

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...

Apple Case Highlights Struggles Cios Face in Balancing Privacy, Law Enforcement Requests
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Apple Case Highlights Struggles Cios Face in Balancing Privacy, Law Enforcement Requests

As technology advances, there's a delicate balance between individual privacy and law enforcement’s requests for information.

Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market
From ACM TechNews

Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market

Companies are turning to private marketplaces of software developers to assemble teams for specific projects, rather than hiring permanent personnel. 

Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption
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Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption

A number of lawmakers on Thursday expressed a growing frustration with technology companies and signaled Congress would consider either curbing encrypted communications...

Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone
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Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone

In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to...

Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'
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Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'

Alphabet Inc.'s Google on Wednesday said it has evaluated more than 1.2 million Web pages for compliance with Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, and removed...

New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend
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New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

Data scientist–a job that barely existed a decade ago–has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S.
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