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FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
From ACM Opinion

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 
From ACM News

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising...

­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
From ACM News

­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

Putin Wants His Own Internet
From ACM News

Putin Wants His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they'd never done before: cut mobile internet...

Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging
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Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging

NASA's Mars InSight lander has a probe designed to dig up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and measure heat coming from inside the planet.

Managing with Technology
From ACM News

Managing with Technology

Human Resources departments are taking advantage of the workforce management capabilities provided by artificial intelligence.

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors
From ACM News

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

The scene on the big display in front of me looks like something from Grey's Anatomy.

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
From ACM News

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S on Artificial Intelligence Research
From ACM News

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S on Artificial Intelligence Research

Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.

Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials
From ACM Opinion

Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials

The hunt is on for materials that have exotic properties, to enhance quantum computers, touch screens and electronic displays, and to double the efficiency of solar...

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away
From ACM News

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away

I am but a babe, exploring the world for the first time. Wearing a computerized glove, I reach forward in pursuit of a little toy basketball.

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds
From ACM News

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Technologies Co. has turned to a blend of wit, sarcasm and defiance to publicly fight allegations that the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment...

Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets
From ACM News

Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets

Samantha Brown didn't have high hopes when she opened the ziplock bag containing some 700 shards of bone. It would be a lot of work to analyse them and none was...

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again
From ACM News

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again

The percentage of Americans willing to participate in telephone polls has hit a new low, according to a new report, raising doubts about the continued viability...

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers
From ACM News

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses
From ACM TechNews

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

GitHub is increasing the rewards it pays out to security researchers who find bugs in the platform's code.

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online
From ACM Opinion

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women...

­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms
From ACM News

­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials...

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor
From ACM News

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues...

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
From ACM News

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of...
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