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Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall
From ACM Opinion

Tech's Lost Chapter: An Oral History of Boston's Rise and Fall

In the popular telling, the dawn of personal computing begins in the summer of 1976, when Steve Wozniak showed off the Apple I at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer...

Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console
From ACM Opinion

Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console

Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X
From ACM News

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X

Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.

How to Get More Latinas Into Tech
From ACM TechNews

How to Get More Latinas Into Tech

Silicon Valley could be more innovative if it drew from an even richer pool of ideas, suggests media start-up Vyv co-founder Laura Gomez. 

How Can the Global Internet Be Governed?
From ACM TechNews

How Can the Global Internet Be Governed?

Brown University professor John Savage offered a working paper on tackling Internet governance at this week's fifth Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit in Berlin...

Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On
From ACM News

Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On

Paul Kocher, one of the country's leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world's dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts.

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz
From ACM News

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz

Having tried 3-D films, earsplitting sound systems and even alcohol sales in pursuit of younger moviegoers, some theater chains are now installing undulating seats...

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
From ACM Careers

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...

Study: U.s. Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly-Skilled Migrants
From ACM TechNews

Study: U.s. Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly-Skilled Migrants

The U.S. is no longer drawing as large a share of the world's highly educated and skilled workers as it once did, according to a new study. 

A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of Aws
From ACM News

A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of Aws

A look inside Amazon Web Services.

Intelligent Living
From Communications of the ACM

Intelligent Living

After years of false starts, the smart home is gaining momentum.

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
From ACM News

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order
From ACM Careers

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama's Immigration Order

Silicon Valley's constant stream of new apps and services depends on hundreds of thousands of foreign-born engineers to help create them.

Google's Larry Page: The Most Ambitious Ceo in the ­niverse
From ACM Careers

Google's Larry Page: The Most Ambitious Ceo in the ­niverse

As Google's core business continues to thrive, Larry Page is making huge bets on new technology—ingestible nanoparticles, balloons that beam down broadband—that...

How Alibaba Is ­sing Bra Sizes to Predict Online Shopping Habits
From ACM News

How Alibaba Is ­sing Bra Sizes to Predict Online Shopping Habits

Earlier this summer, a group of data crunchers looking at underwear sales at Alibaba came across a curious trend: women who bought larger bra sizes also tended ...

Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million
From ACM News

Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million

There's no Nobel prize for computer science, but after a grant from Google, the top award in the field now just as lucrative.

U.s. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks
From ACM News

U.s. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing...

A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate
From ACM News

A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate

It's one of the most important policy disputes that will determine the future of the Internet, and now President Obama has formally weighed in in favor of so-called ...

For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase
From ACM Careers

For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase

Claudia Alexander has spent the last 15 years of her life waiting for this moment: landing a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on the surface of a speeding...

In Sync: Researchers Discover Way to Coordinate Different Types of Robots
From ACM TechNews

In Sync: Researchers Discover Way to Coordinate Different Types of Robots

A new way to allow different types of robots to coordinate with each other could lead to improvements in areas like search and rescue after a disaster. 
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