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Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing
From ACM Opinion

Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing

What does Alan Turing mean to Microsoft and the rest of the modern tech world? Rick Rashid can tell you.

Minister: Iran Ready to Repel Enemies' Cyber Attacks
From ACM News

Minister: Iran Ready to Repel Enemies' Cyber Attacks

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi underscored on Thursday that the country is completely ready for defending its sensitive facilities against enemies'...

Why Faces Matter to Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Why Faces Matter to Facebook

Facebook really wants to know what you look like.

Degrees of Separation
From Communications of the ACM

Degrees of Separation

Researchers now have the capability to look at the small-world problem from both the traditional algorithmic approach and the new topological approach.

Patently Inadequate
From Communications of the ACM

Patently Inadequate

The biggest change to U.S. patent law in nearly 60 years brings many changes, but fails to solve the software industry's most vexing problems.

Lost and Found
From Communications of the ACM

Lost and Found

Researchers discover computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's long-forgotten Z9, the world's first program-controlled binary relay calculator using floating-point arithmetic...

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say
From ACM News

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed...

How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems
From ACM TechNews

How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems

The U.S. government recently held Collaborative Innovation: Public Sector Prizes, a one-day forum in which public-sector employees, as well as representatives from...

War With Friends: Pentagon Eyes a Drone App Store
From ACM News

War With Friends: Pentagon Eyes a Drone App Store

The U.S. military has dozens of different types of drones in its arsenal. Each one has its own unique controller. And each of those various controllers flies a...

You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome
From ACM News

You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome

It knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests
From ACM News

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests

Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency...

What Have We Learned: Flame Malware
From ACM Opinion

What Have We Learned: Flame Malware

When the news about the Flame malware first broke several weeks ago, people from all parts of the security community, political world and elsewhere quickly began...

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever
From ACM Opinion

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever

The ugly truth is that computers don't know anything. They have no common sense.

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts
From ACM News

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts

Just how hard can it be to verify the age of a person online?

New Grad Looking For a Job? Pentagon Contractors Post Openings For Black-Hat Hackers
From ACM Careers

New Grad Looking For a Job? Pentagon Contractors Post Openings For Black-Hat Hackers

Mikko Hypponen enjoys his position as the chief research officer at the Helsinki-based security firm F-Secure. He has no intention of leaving. But lately, he's...

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
From ACM Careers

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

What Facebook Knows
From ACM News

What Facebook Knows

If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world...

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior
From ACM News

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior

San Francisco is set to become the latest U.S. city to invest in software, created by Texas-based BRS Labs, that monitors and memorizes movements as they are captured...

Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that enables a robot to quickly learn an individual's preference for a certain task and adapt accordingly to help complete...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
From ACM News

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...
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