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The Future of Search
From ACM TechNews

The Future of Search

Google fellow Amit Singhal and colleagues are working on improving Web search so that Google will understand terms as things with an Internet life and a history...

7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar
From ACM News

7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar

It's no secret how America's stealth warplanes primarily evade enemy radars.

Why the Frontiers of Biology Might Be Inside a Computer Chip
From ACM News

Why the Frontiers of Biology Might Be Inside a Computer Chip

When David Harel started the experiment, the petri dish of mouse cells looked just like any other.

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?
From ACM Careers

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?

The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks...

Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket
From ACM News

Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket

Five years from now, says Intel, your phone could double as a supercomputer. That's the goal of Intel's experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer project, or SCC.

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
From ACM News

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age—a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you...

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet
From ACM News

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet

One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care
From ACM News

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care

Everyone agrees health care in the United States is a colossal mess, and IBM is betting that artificially intelligent supercomputers are just what the doctor ordered...

Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet
From ACM News

Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet

It was 4:00 in the morning, and Leonard Kleinrock was sitting inside MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on the outskirts of Boston, hunched in front of a massive computer...

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?
From ACM News

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country.

What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran
From ACM News

What Do the H-Bomb and the Internet Have in Common? Paul Baran

Paul Baran set out to build a means of communication that could survive a nuclear war. And he ended up inventing the fundamental networking techniques that underpin...

'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes
From ACM News

'degrade, Disrupt, Deceive': ­.s. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. military wouldn't even whisper about its plans to hack into opponents' networks.

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet
From ACM News

How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

There are a thousand stories about the origin of the internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes. Charles Herzfeld's tale began in 1961 on...

DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog
From ACM News

DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog

By definition, a computer is a machine that processes and stores data as ones and zeroes. But the U.S. Department of Defense wants to tear up that definition and...

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
From ACM News

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market

Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main...

Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small
From ACM News

Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small

Mike Olson runs a company that specializes in the world’s hottest software. He's the CEO ofCloudera, a Silicon Valley startup that deals in Hadoop, an open source...

Nasa Pulls Off 350-Million-Mile Software Patch
From ACM News

Nasa Pulls Off 350-Million-Mile Software Patch

If you think it's tough to keep your computer or smartphone's software updated, try keeping a space robot updated from 350 million miles away.

Martian Computing Is Light on Ram, Heavy on Radiation Shielding
From ACM News

Martian Computing Is Light on Ram, Heavy on Radiation Shielding

NASA's Curiosity Rover has had a historic week on the surface of Mars, executing a flawless landing on the Red Planet and firing up for its mission. But under the...

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
From ACM Opinion

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'
From ACM News

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'

More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine.
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