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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud
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How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing...

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown...

Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display
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Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display

We are surrounded by imperfect screens.

The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything
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The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

Encryption is hard.

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones
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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

A study of tools used by law enforcment and intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance on computer and mobile phone users revealed a wide range of functions. ...

Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance
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Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance

Newly developed software uses video from wearable devices such as Google Glass and smartwatches to read PIN codes typed onto an iPad from almost 10 feet away.

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones
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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement...

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity

No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.

Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars
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Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars

The hacker in the Italian Job did it spectacularly.

Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot
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Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot

Even in today's rapidly evolving world of technology, there are few things that make your jaw drop when you see them in real life.

How the U.s. Built the World's Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock
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How the U.s. Built the World's Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock

Throw out that lame old atomic clock that's only accurate to a few tens of quadrillionths of a second.

Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature
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Hypnotic Art Shows How Patterns Emerge From Randomness in Nature

British mathematician Alan Turing is perhaps best known for the Turing test, which determines if a computer can be considered intelligent based on whether it can...

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet.

You Can Take Selfies of Your Aorta With This Mini Camera
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You Can Take Selfies of Your Aorta With This Mini Camera

Scientific studies of selfies have yielded interesting insights on personalities, gender differences, and national moods, but scientist F. Levent Degertekin has...

Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield
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Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield

An electromagnetic mystery in northern Iraq changed the course of Jesse Potter's life.

Europa Mission Gets Boost from President's New Nasa Budget
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Europa Mission Gets Boost from President's New Nasa Budget

A dedicated mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, one of the best bets for life beyond Earth in our solar system, has inched a little closer to reality today.

Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain ­sing Amazon's Cloud
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Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain ­sing Amazon's Cloud

Nothing beats a movie recommendation from a friend who knows your tastes.

Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralize the Web
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Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralize the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee called on the public to refocus on a decentralized, open Internet. 

Menthal App Reveals Just What a Screen Addict You've Become
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Menthal App Reveals Just What a Screen Addict You've Become

A new app will allow smartphone owners to determine how much time they spend on their devices. 
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