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China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'
From ACM TechNews

China Deploys New Weapon For Online Censorship in Form of 'great Cannon'

Two recent distributed denial-of-service attacks represent some of the first uses of a new tool in China's cyber arsenal, dubbed the "Great Cannon." 

Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems
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Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration this weekend will hold its fourth annual space apps hackathon. 

Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.
From ACM TechNews

Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has approved a measure to update the security and accessibility guidelines for voting machines. 

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars
From ACM News

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

Most of us haven't had a cow wander on to a road in front of us while we're driving. Still, it's the type of situation Google is wisely anticipating.

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death
From ACM News

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose...

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company
From ACM Careers

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

The individuals who have founded some of the most success tech companies are decidedly weird.

U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying
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U.s. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas...

How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations
From ACM News

How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About ­.s. War Operations

Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.

Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

Google's Eric Schmidt Downplays Fears Over Artificial Intelligence

Arguably the most alarming part of concerns over artificial intelligence's potential to end human civilization is the voices that are speaking out.

'freak' Flaw Undermines Security For Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover
From ACM TechNews

'freak' Flaw Undermines Security For Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover

Companies and government agencies are scrambling to correct a major security flaw revealed this week. 

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
From ACM Opinion

What 'the Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”
From ACM News

What Watson Has Been Up To Since “jeopardy!”

Remember Watson, the computer that won "Jeopardy!" in 2011 and made us all worry about the impending obsolescence of the human race?

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk
From ACM News

Senator: Your Futuristic Car Is Putting Your Privacy and Security At Risk

Cars these days have more in common with smart phones than the Model-T. But a new reportfrom Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) warns that the increasing technical complexity...

Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work
From ACM TechNews

Crowdsourcing America's Cybersecurity Is an Idea So Crazy It Might Just Work

Crowdsourced cybersecurity is gaining ground. 

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch
From ACM News

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.

America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise
From ACM News

America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and...

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
From ACM Opinion

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds
From ACM News

Brainstormers: Obama's Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds

The motley group included men and women, old and young, in sweatshirts and three-piece suits, shod in socks and sandals, wingtips and heels.

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network
From ACM Opinion

A Q&a With the Hackers Who Say They Helped Break Into Sony's Network

Lizard Squad. That's the hacker group whose name is suddenly on everyone's lips after it took credit for ruining Christmas for PlayStation and Xbox gamers everywhere...

German Researchers Discover a Flaw That Could Let Anyone Listen to Your Cell Calls
From ACM TechNews

German Researchers Discover a Flaw That Could Let Anyone Listen to Your Cell Calls

German researchers have discovered security flaws that could enable hackers, spies, and criminals to listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages....
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