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N.s.a. Director Says Snowden Leaks Hamper Efforts Against Cyberattacks
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N.s.a. Director Says Snowden Leaks Hamper Efforts Against Cyberattacks

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, said Tuesday that the leaks by the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden had slowed...

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000
From ACM Opinion

Remembering Mit, When There Were Just 50 Women in a Class of 1,000

When Radia Perlman attended MIT in the late '60s and '70s, she was one of just a few dozen women (about 50) out of a class of 1,000.

The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple
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The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple

Shortly after Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in August 2011, he told a confidant that he got up every morning reminding himself just to do the right...

The Ietf Needed a Wake-Up Call on Security, Says Chairman
From ACM TechNews

The Ietf Needed a Wake-Up Call on Security, Says Chairman

Internet Engineering Task Force members are focusing on security and how to protect users from pervasive monitoring in a meeting that began Sunday in London. 

Experts Urge Conservatism on Crypto Standards
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Experts Urge Conservatism on Crypto Standards

Security people are, by nature, cautious and methodical, and that is even more true of cryptographers.

Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security
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Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security

In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los Angeles just a mile or two from LAX international airport, 20 people wait in a...

Xi Jinping Leads Internet Security Group
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Xi Jinping Leads Internet Security Group

President Xi Jinping will head the central Internet security and informatization leading group, according to a statement released after the first meeting of the...

How an ­nlikely Group of High-Tech Wizards Revived Obama's Troubled Healthcare.gov Website
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How an ­nlikely Group of High-Tech Wizards Revived Obama's Troubled Healthcare.gov Website

Last Oct. 17—more than two weeks after the launch of HealthCare.gov—White House chief of staff Denis McDonough came back from Baltimore rattled by what he had learned...

Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Gibberish Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer...

How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion
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How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion

Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything?

The ­nlikely Tale of How Arm Came to Rule the World
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The ­nlikely Tale of How Arm Came to Rule the World

This is a story about ARM Holdings, the mobile technology company.

From a Distance: New Technique For Repair Work
From ACM TechNews

From a Distance: New Technique For Repair Work

Companies operating globally could use a new platform to enable local engineers to collaborate with experts abroad in real time to address issues with production...

World Without Wires
From Communications of the ACM

World Without Wires

Capturing electricity from ambient RF transmissions can keep low-power applications off the grid.

Playing at Health
From Communications of the ACM

Playing at Health

Developers try to tap the beneficial effects of video games.

Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns
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Telecom Firms Mine For Gold in Big Data Despite Privacy Concerns

Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for...

A New System Accelerates Verification of Printed Electronic Documents
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A New System Accelerates Verification of Printed Electronic Documents

The new Valid@doc system accelerates online administrative procedures by automatically verifying and validating printed electronic documents.

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback
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Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Bitcoin suffered a major setback Tuesday as the website of Mt.Gox, the once dominant trading platform for the virtual currency, was all but shut down.

Taking European Expertise in Computing to Market
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Taking European Expertise in Computing to Market

The European Commission hopes to complement academics with business expertise through Technology Transfer in Computing Systems. 

Are the Robots About to Rise?
From ACM Opinion

Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
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The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.
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