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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves
From ACM News

Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves

They always choose the line at the bank farthest from CCTV—that's how the Felony Lane Gang got its name.

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links
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Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links

The internet is stuffed with garbage.

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience
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Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons For Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...

Internet of Dna
From ACM News

Internet of Dna

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things
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Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things started in the mid-1990s, when a quirky young brand manager in the U.K. puzzled over why a shade of brown lipstick kept disappearing from...

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker
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Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big...

European Languages Linked to Migration from the East
From ACM News

European Languages Linked to Migration from the East

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago—bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that...

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

Memex is a search engine under development that is being designed to access the Dark Web to help law enforcement track illegal activity. 

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
From ACM News

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement...

The Attention Machine
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The Attention Machine

Human attention isn't stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental disorders that...

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet
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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but...

Networks Reveal the Connections of Disease
From ACM News

Networks Reveal the Connections of Disease

Stefan Thurner is a physicist, not a biologist. But not long ago, the Austrian national health insurance clearinghouse asked Thurner and his colleagues at the Medical...

Stanford Researchers ­se Big Data to Identify Patients at Risk of High-Cholesterol Disorder
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Stanford Researchers ­se Big Data to Identify Patients at Risk of High-Cholesterol Disorder

Stanford University researchers are working to identify hospital patients who may have a genetic disease that causes a deadly buildup of cholesterol in their arteries...

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained
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Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page ...

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe
From ACM News

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

Hot gas, dust and magnetic fields mingle in a colorful swirl in this new map of our Milky Way galaxy.

China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones
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China's Internet Population Hits 649 Million, 86 Percent on Phones

China had 649 million Internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's...

The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion
From ACM News

The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion

Paul Ekman, perhaps the world's most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster.
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