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U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks
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U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks

In 2012, the Obama administration appealed to 120 nations to help block a wide-ranging cyberattack campaign against U.S. banks 

Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment
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Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment

Twitter is full of relative junk: tweets you don't want to read from people you're not all that interested in knowing, almost all of them chiming in on topics (see ...

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
From ACM Opinion

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.

Tor ­sage in Turkey Surges During Twitter Ban
From ACM News

Tor ­sage in Turkey Surges During Twitter Ban

Since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan implemented a ban on Twitter late last week, Tor usage in the country has surged—with connections nearly doubling...

Google's Project Loon: The Gamble That's So Crazy It Might Work
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Google's Project Loon: The Gamble That's So Crazy It Might Work

Google recently launched Project Loon, which provides Wi-Fi connectivity to remote locations using high-altitude balloons, wind currents, and solar power. 

Federal Agencies Embrace New Technology and Strategies to Find the Enemy Within
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Federal Agencies Embrace New Technology and Strategies to Find the Enemy Within

After years of focusing on outside threats, the federal government and its contractors are turning inward, aiming a range of new technologies and counterintelligence...

Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.
From ACM Opinion

Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.

On Friday, what had been the world's leading Bitcoin exchange declared bankrutpcy, claiming that hackers had exploited a technical issue called "transaction malleability...

The Six Types of Conversations on Twitter
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The Six Types of Conversations on Twitter

A new report from the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation says that Twitter conversations have distinct shapes—at least six of them with...

Keeping Women in High-Tech Fields Is Big Challenge, Report Finds
From ACM TechNews

Keeping Women in High-Tech Fields Is Big Challenge, Report Finds

A report found U.S. women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within a year...

Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack
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Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack

It's been a long time coming, and some experts say it isn't enough.

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
From ACM News

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time

Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. 

One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?
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One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?

Microsoft researchers have enabled elevators in a company building to detect the likelihood that a person walking by will want to board it.

Feeling Mad? New Devices Can Sense Your Mood and Tell--or Even Text--Others
From ACM TechNews

Feeling Mad? New Devices Can Sense Your Mood and Tell--or Even Text--Others

Microsoft Research cognitive psychologist Mary Czerwinski is an affective computing expert who creates technology that monitors a person's mood and stress level...

'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy
From ACM Opinion

'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy

Back in 2003, when he was a law professor at the University of Virginia, Tim Wu wrote the definitive paper on net neutrality.

­.s. Innovation Boosted By Silicon Valley-Detroit Team-up
From ACM TechNews

­.s. Innovation Boosted By Silicon Valley-Detroit Team-up

Rising consumer demand for more technology in cars has sparked a convergence between the auto and computer industries.

Tech Women Are Busy Building Their Own Networks
From ACM TechNews

Tech Women Are Busy Building Their Own Networks

Despite their under-representation in technology careers, women are present in the field and increasingly network with one another to expand their opportunities...

Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives
From ACM News

Dogecoins and Litecoins and Peercoins Oh My: What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Alternatives

By now, most people have heard of Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency whose value has soared over the past couple of years.

Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished
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Edward Snowden, After Months of Nsa Rvelations, Says His Mission's Accomplished

The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

How One Publisher Is Stopping Academics from Sharing Their Research
From ACM News

How One Publisher Is Stopping Academics from Sharing Their Research

One of the world's largest academic publishers has launched a wide-ranging takedown spree, demanding that several different universities take down their own scholars'...
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