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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.


Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
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Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize

When the organizers of the Netflix Prize contest announced late last week that one team had met the requirement for the $1 million Grand Prize, Yehuda Koren, a15th...

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?
From ACM TechNews

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?

Simon Fraser University (SFU) doctorate student Cheng-Hsin Hsu, along with SFU graduate students Yi Liu and Cong Ly, and their supervisor Mohamed Hefeeda, has designed...

Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay
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Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay

The American and European chambers of commerce in China have welcomed a decision by Beijing to delay an order that new computers sold in the country be equipped...

The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer
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The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer

The electronic revolution of the past century has been a tangled affair. Remember when phones were always wired into the wall? When the Internet required one more...

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally
From ICT Results

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and...

The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives
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The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives

The majority of an organization's stored data sits untouched. Andrew Leung, a computer science researcher at the University of California, was part of a team that...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Liskov's Creative Joy
From Communications of the ACM

Liskov's Creative Joy

Barbara Liskov muses about the creative process of problem solving, finding the perfect design point, and pursuing a research path.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
From Communications of the ACM

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
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Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology
From ACM TechNews

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology

Some Iranian protestors dissatisfied with their government's response to the disputed election are using The Onion Router (TOR), an Internet encryption program...

From ACM TechNews

'secret' Questions Leave Accounts Vulnerable

The secret questions some Web sites ask new users to answer for verification purposes in case a password is forgotten are actually far less secure and far easier...

Traveling the Web Together
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Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
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U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says
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China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says

Nearly three-quarters of the Web sites advertised in computer spam studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine so far in 2009 are tied...

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
From ACM TechNews

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips  and More
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Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips and More

Intel's recent Research Day provided demonstrations and previews of the variety of projects that extend beyond the company's core computer processor business....

Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices
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Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices

Embedded data mining, inertial sensors, and global positioning systems are used in a wireless device being developed to monitor the amount of energy a person consumes...
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