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A Workshop Revival
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A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.

Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says
From ACM TechNews

Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Data centers and mobile telecommunications networks use more than 623 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and a 2008 study found that the IT sector...

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
From ACM News

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital...

Tina Seelig
From ACM News

Tina Seelig

Stanford University’s Technology Ventures leader discusses tools to enhance creativity, how entrepreneurs can create ingenious products more efficiently, and ways...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

How Much Is a Tweet Worth?
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How Much Is a Tweet Worth?

The question has an almost koan-like quality. And yet at a time when the ranks of billion-dollar social-media companies keep growing (Instagram being the latest)...

Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior
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Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior

One way to describe Facebook is as the most extensive data set on human social behavior that ever was.

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget
From ACM News

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

Everyone knows how long a minute is.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
From ACM Opinion

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders
From ACM TechNews

Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders

A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking.  

Ford Is Ready For the Autonomous Car. Are Drivers?
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Ford Is Ready For the Autonomous Car. Are Drivers?

The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles, Ford engineers claim.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask
From ACM News

Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask

Big data is everywhere we look these days.

Company Wants to Pull Small Town Pay Phones
From ACM News

Company Wants to Pull Small Town Pay Phones

Phone service was spotty in Chambers before the two new nearby cell towers.

Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts
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Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts

As companies increasingly allow workers to use personal smartphones and tablets on the job, they are confronting a potential new security threat: malicious software...

Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure
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Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure

Researchers have released two new exploits that attack common design vulnerabilities in a computer component used to control critical infrastructure, such as refineries...

Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?
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Google's Project Glass Engineers: Who Are They?

Google’s Project Glass has put new focus on Google X, the lab at the tech giant where engineers work to develop the next big thing.

Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything
From ACM News

Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything

Tucked away in a new office block in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a kind of wireless Tomorrowland.

The Human Voice, as Game Changer
From ACM News

The Human Voice, as Game Changer

Vlad Sejnoha is talking to the TV again.

The Education of Google's Larry Page
From ACM Opinion

The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.

Watching and Waiting
From ACM News

Watching and Waiting

It is called an advanced persistent threat, and if it sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, that's because it pretty much is.  
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