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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
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Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance
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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball...

Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age
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Moore's Law Is Showing Its Age

No company sounds more religious about Moore’s Law than Intel Corp., whose co-founder made a famous observation about the miniaturization of chip circuitry 50 years...

IBM Researchers Try to Measure Employee Well-Being Using Technology
From ACM TechNews

IBM Researchers Try to Measure Employee Well-Being Using Technology

Researchers at IBM and the Delft University of Technology are working to develop computer systems that could help foster well-being among employees. The project...

When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?
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When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?

A tremendous number of personnel records—including some quite personal records—have likely been stolen by computer hackers.

U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016
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U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016

The U.S. government's widespread data surveillance practices are likely to cost U.S. cloud computing and other technology companies more money than originally expected...

At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions
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At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions

Facebook Inc. doesn't yet have an intelligent assistant, like the iPhone's Siri.

­.s. Is Faulted For Risking Edge in R&d
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­.s. Is Faulted For Risking Edge in R&d

A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is faulting the U.S. government for failing to maintain its investments in basic scientific research...

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?
From ACM Opinion

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown...

How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues
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How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues

Workers at a Navistar truck plant in Ohio weren't eager to make friends when a new colleague showed up on the factory floor nearly 40 years ago.

Google Lab Puts a Time Limit on Innovations
From ACM TechNews

Google Lab Puts a Time Limit on Innovations

Google is facing increased scrutiny on return-on-investment from its research and development spending, prompting a leaner, faster approach.

Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups
From ACM News

Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups

Germany's main telco, tech and manufacturing companies have formed an alliance to make sure that when devices do start speaking to each other over the Internet...

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
From ACM News

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...

What Clever Robots Mean For Jobs
From ACM TechNews

What Clever Robots Mean For Jobs

For a long time economists maintained that new technology would not result in a net loss of jobs, but some economists now think the situation is more nuanced than...

White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist
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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'
From ACM News

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'

Yahui and Tatsuo Matsui met because of their dogs, Ai and Doggy.

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.

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...

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X
From ACM News

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X

Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.
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