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Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation
From ACM News

Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation

Google has been forced by regulators in the U.S. to agree to legally binding changes to the way it presents some search results and runs its search advertising...

Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt
From ACM News

Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt

The antivirus industry has a dirty little secret: its products are often not very good at stopping viruses.

Agile Developers Needed, Demand Outpaces Supply: Study
From ACM TechNews

Agile Developers Needed, Demand Outpaces Supply: Study

The number of advertised agile software development jobs outnumbers active candidates by 4.59 to one, according to a recent Yoh Services study.

Marking the Birth of the Modern-Day Internet
From ACM Opinion

Marking the Birth of the Modern-Day Internet

A long time ago, my colleagues and I became part of a great adventure, teamed with a small band of scientists and technologists in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not
From ACM News

Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not

Chinese Internet cops are at it again.

­niversity Wins Record $1.17 Billion Verdict Against Marvell Semiconductor
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­niversity Wins Record $1.17 Billion Verdict Against Marvell Semiconductor

A Pittsburgh jury found that hard drive control chips made by Marvell Semiconductor infringe two patents owned by Carnegie Mellon University.

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
From ACM Opinion

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion
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China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information and requiring service...

Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link
From ACM News

Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link

As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that...

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
From ACM Opinion

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
From ACM Opinion

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
From ACM Opinion

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

Intel Offers an Image of the Workplace of the Future
From ACM TechNews

Intel Offers an Image of the Workplace of the Future

Intel researchers recently offered predictions on how workers and workplaces will change over the next 10 to 20 years. "Most people work 9-to-5 jobs, are selfView...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
From ACM Opinion

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
From ACM Opinion

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Beyond Hadoop
From Communications of the ACM

Beyond Hadoop

The leading open source system for processing big data continues to evolve, but new approaches with added features are on the rise.

Stopping the Leaks
From Communications of the ACM

Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
From ACM News

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance
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Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance

After years of being wallflowers at Silicon Valley's hottest tech conferences and Sean Parker's after-parties, enterprise technology firms are now part of the "in"...

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars
From ACM News

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars

When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove...
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