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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.


Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

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University Startup Creation, Licensing Activity Strong Despite Downturn

In fiscal year 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession, 596 new U.S. companies were formed as a result of university research, according to new survey data from...

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

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Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn't Make It So

It is hard to support the assertion that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy that rewards good ideas regardless of gender, according to Caroline Simard, leader of the...

What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets
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What Twitter Learns from All Those Tweets

The company's head of analytics explains how Twitter mines the data users produce.

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...

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Developers See Google's Android Operating System Surpassing Apple's

A majority of developers believe Google's Android operating system—not Apple's iOS—will be the dominant platform in the future to power everything from smartphones...

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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled...

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Is 4G Wireless Enough to Sate Consumers?

As data traffic explodes on wireless networks thanks to smartphones and other connected mobile devices, 4G wireless technology is expected to solve mobile operators'...

Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars
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Facebook Hopes Virtual Credits Make Real Dollars

For all its success, Google is often criticized for being a one-trick pony. After 12 years, the Internet search company is still struggling to find a significant...

Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?
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Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?

Where others see a city map, Ryan Long sees a game board. The game is Foursquare, but not the way you played it in grade school. On Foursquare.com every bar,...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

Why Google Went Instant
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Why Google Went Instant

The service, an engineering marvel, could boost Google's bottom line.

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Google

Lately, stories about Google often seem to be stories about conflict—Google knocking heads with China or the Justice Department or Facebook. For Eric E. Schmidt...

'onshoring' Gives ­.s. Companies an Alternative to Offshore Outsourcing
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'onshoring' Gives ­.s. Companies an Alternative to Offshore Outsourcing

Companies seeking an alternative to offshore outsourcing are trying "onshoring," an emerging trend of outsourcing IT functions to companies in the rural United...

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Apple Blinks in Apps Fight

In an uncharacteristic about-face, Apple Inc. loosened its control over software development for its iPhones and iPads as the company feels heat from a U.S. antitrust...

Apple Answers Questions About App Rejections, Raises Others
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Apple Answers Questions About App Rejections, Raises Others

Apple on Thursday published a set of rules about the types of content that aren't allowed in the iOS App Store, answering questions that have been bugging software...

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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

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Once a Dynamo, the Tech Sector Is Slow to Hire

For years the technology sector has been considered the most dynamic, promising and globally envied industry in the United States. It escaped the recession relatively...
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