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Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?
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Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?

U.S. programmers landed in 28th place in a HackerRank compilation of the results of 1.4 million coding challenges by approximately 300,000 developers.

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election
From ACM Opinion

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.

Self-Driving Cars Reach a Fork in the Road, and Automakers Take Different Routes
From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Cars Reach a Fork in the Road, and Automakers Take Different Routes

Automakers are taking divergent approaches to the development and deployment of driverless vehicles.

98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You
From ACM News

98 Personal Data Points that Facebook ­ses to Target Ads to You

Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.

Powerful Nsa Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online
From ACM TechNews

Powerful Nsa Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online

The online exposure of some of the most powerful hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency could threaten the agency's operations and security...

Putting a Computer in Your Brain Is No Longer Science Fiction
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Putting a Computer in Your Brain Is No Longer Science Fiction

Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
From ACM Opinion

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy
From ACM Opinion

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

Computer Hackers Don't Stand a Chance Against These Girls
From ACM TechNews

Computer Hackers Don't Stand a Chance Against These Girls

The GenCyber program consists of 119 summer camps for girls sponsored by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Academy of Sciences.

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas
From ACM News

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Warn ­S of Another Dallas

As the country reels from the spasm of gun violence that killed two black men and five police officers this week, a prominent digital vigilante is using an online...

Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.
From ACM News

Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed into law a controversial package of counterterrorism measures, including tougher sentences for extremism and...

This Robot Follows You Around and Blasts You With Air Conditioning
From ACM TechNews

This Robot Follows You Around and Blasts You With Air Conditioning

More efficient air conditioning via a mobile robot is a goal of researchers at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Energy Engineering.

This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)
From ACM News

This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)

The idea of a device that can materialize one's memories out of thin air seems like it could only exist in science fiction. But in a new study, researchers were...

China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.
From ACM News

China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.

First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing...

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure
From ACM TechNews

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure

More than 30 states will be hosting online voting systems by the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, but experts warn such systems are still insecure...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
From ACM Opinion

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America
From ACM News

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged...

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes

Educators need to start earlier and set a strong foundation to resolve the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs
From ACM TechNews

­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs

U.S. universities may not be doing enough to prepare the next generation of cyberdefenders, suggests the findings of a new analysis from CloudPassage.

The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi
From ACM News

The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi

At this very moment in New York City, you can walk up to one of 65 futuristic kiosks, punch in an email address on your phone and instantly receive a wireless Internet...
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