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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment
From ACM News

Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment

Twitter is full of relative junk: tweets you don't want to read from people you're not all that interested in knowing, almost all of them chiming in on topics (see ...

Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program
From ACM TechNews

Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology's Jennifer Pahlka discusses the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which she helps oversee. 

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
From ACM Opinion

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer
From ACM Opinion

The Story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri Killer

Technically, Cortana isn't supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that's not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week.

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in It
From ACM TechNews

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in It

Girls Who Code says schools must develop mandatory computer science programs for K-12 if the technology industry wants more women in its workforce.

DHS Turns to Mentors to Strengthen Cyber Workforce
From ACM TechNews

DHS Turns to Mentors to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has adopted a rotation and mentorship strategy to help find and develop qualified cybersecurity professionals. 

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack
From ACM Opinion

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...

Getting to Know ... Jason
From ACM News

Getting to Know ... Jason

The JASON group is a low-profile, high-level adviser to the U.S. government on defense, science, and technology.

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today
From ACM News

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day...

Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save Millions
From ACM TechNews

Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save Millions

A Pittsburgh-area middle school student says his school district can save up to $21,000 annually by printing documents exclusively in the Garamond font.

Nsa Infiltrated Rsa Security More Deeply Than Thought  Study
From ACM News

Nsa Infiltrated Rsa Security More Deeply Than Thought Study

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's...

How Far Will the Supreme Court Go to Stop Patent Trolls?
From ACM News

How Far Will the Supreme Court Go to Stop Patent Trolls?

What kinds of software—if any—deserve a patent?

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
From ACM News

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.

Search For Lost Jet Is Complicated By Geopolitics and Rivalries
From ACM News

Search For Lost Jet Is Complicated By Geopolitics and Rivalries

The frantic hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been, in one way, a nearly miraculous display of international collaboration: 26 nations, many of them rivals...

Consortium Wants Standards For 'internet of Things'
From ACM News

Consortium Wants Standards For 'internet of Things'

Attention: Internet of Things. For better or worse, big boys are in the room.

Which College—and Which Major—will Make You Richest?
From ACM Careers

Which College—and Which Major—will Make You Richest?

A Bachelor of Science from Harvey Mudd College, the small California science and engineering school, is the most valuable college degree in America.

The Virtual Genius of Oculus Rift
From ACM Careers

The Virtual Genius of Oculus Rift

To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is.

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time
From ACM News

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time

The first shipment arrives at 4 A.M.

College Basketball Data Aplenty for Those Who Can Afford It
From ACM Careers

College Basketball Data Aplenty for Those Who Can Afford It

When Butler fell a precious few inches short of winning a national championship in 2010, its players took the court during that season believing they were the most...
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