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Online Social Networks Leak Personal Information to Third-Party Tracking Sites
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Online Social Networks Leak Personal Information to Third-Party Tracking Sites

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) study by professor Craig Wills found that the practices of many popular social networking sites can make personal information...

The Evolution of Retweeting
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The Evolution of Retweeting

Twitter has announced that it will establish a set format for retweeting, or reposting another user's message, for use within the micro-blogging service. Retweeting...

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer
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Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer

Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running...

Worldwide Battle Rages For Control of the Internet
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Worldwide Battle Rages For Control of the Internet

Governments in the Middle East and north Africa routinely block and censor Web sites to control political discussions, according to a new report on the region by...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
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Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
From Communications of the ACM

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Medical Nanobots
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Medical Nanobots

Researchers working in medical nanorobotics are creating technologies that could lead to novel health-care applications, such as new ways of accessing areas of...

Entering a Parallel Universe
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Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

Women in It: Success and Struggle
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Women in It: Success and Struggle

Female participation in the information technology (IT) industry is growing and women now account for 15 percent to 25 percent of technical professionals, although...

Grid Computing, the New Commodity
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Grid Computing, the New Commodity

The European Union-funded GridEcon project has developed a platform for trading computing resources and buying and selling standardized computing resources. GridEcon's...

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
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Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data
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W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has introduced a new standard designed to make it easier to search for documents and information. The Simple Knowledge Organization...

Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays
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Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor John Rogers has led the development of a new technique for manufacturing tiny inorganic light-emitting diodes...

Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts
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Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts

Opinions expressed on the Internet can determine the eventual success or failure of a product, and tools stemming from the emergent field of sentiment analysis...

Web Tools Help Protect Human Rights Activists
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Web Tools Help Protect Human Rights Activists

A new generation of Internet privacy tools is being developed to prevent governments from gathering data, such as where users access the Internet from. One tool...

A-Z of Programming Languages: Scala
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A-Z of Programming Languages: Scala

The Scala programming language, which runs on the Java Virtual Machine, could become the preferred language of the modern Web 2.0 startup, according to a Twitter...

Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity
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Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity

U.S. government, industry, and academia are using cybersecurity competitions to interest high school and college students about the career opportunities in cybersecurity...

Study Finds that Online Education Beats the Classroom
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Study Finds that Online Education Beats the Classroom

Students' performance in online education settings tended to trounce that of those receiving face-to-face instruction, according to a study SRI International carried...

Robots 'evolve' the Ability to Deceive
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Robots 'evolve' the Ability to Deceive

Robots programmed to find food concealed their performance from other robots by the 50th generation in a research project at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de...

Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips
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Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips

Scientists at Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are adapting the same methods used in fusion-energy research toView...
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