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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)
From ACM News

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday struck down rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 meant to protect...

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients
From ACM Opinion

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

I remember when I first looked up a patient on Google.

Viewing Where the Internet Goes
From ACM Opinion

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?

Inside Tao: Documents Reveal Top Nsa Hacking ­nit
From ACM News

Inside Tao: Documents Reveal Top Nsa Hacking ­nit

In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors.

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
From ACM Opinion

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

The Predictive Power of Big Data
From ACM Opinion

The Predictive Power of Big Data

Right now, the average person's data footprint—the annual amount of data produced worldwide, per capita—is just a little short of one terabyte.

French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm
From Communications of the ACM

French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm

New method can crack certain cryptosystems far faster than earlier alternatives.

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows
From Communications of the ACM

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows

Interfaces can sense your mood, if you let them.

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike
From Communications of the ACM

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike

Ushahidi — or "testimony" in Swahili — has played a central role in coordinating responses to crises around the globe.

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'
From ACM News

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

From ACM News

Fbi's Search For 'mo,' Suspect in Bomb Threats, Highlights ­se of Malware For Surveillance

The man who called himself "Mo" had dark hair, a foreign accent and—if the pictures he emailed to federal investigators could be believed—an Iranian military uniform...

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?
From ACM Opinion

Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?

Google is predicting a generation of screenless computing devices that rely on voice recognition, a senior engineer has said, emphasising that the company encrypts...

Shazam! How the Music Industry Hears What You (will) Love
From ACM Careers

Shazam! How the Music Industry Hears What You (will) Love

At some point in 2014, your friends are totally going to be into this Dutch DJ named Martin Garrix.

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People
From ACM News

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time...

Scientists Seek Other Scientists For Cosmology Problem
From ACM News

Scientists Seek Other Scientists For Cosmology Problem

How do you measure something that is invisible?

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr
From ACM Opinion

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr

On October 21, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement from Sue Gardner, our executive director, condemning the black hat practice of paid advocacy editing...

Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation
From ACM News

Google Books Ruling Is a Huge Victory For Online Innovation

 It's taken almost a decade, but the courts have finally handed down a ruling on Google's audacious project to scan millions of books to build a book search engine...

Facebook Releases Query Engine to Open Source Community
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Releases Query Engine to Open Source Community

Facebook has developed Presto, a distributed SQL query engine optimized for running ad-hoc interactive analytic queries against data sources ranging in size from...

Intelligence Agency Seeks Facial Recognition ­pgrade
From ACM News

Intelligence Agency Seeks Facial Recognition ­pgrade

The U.S. intelligence community is pushing a leap forward in facial recognition software that will enable it to determine better the identity of people through...

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
From ACM Opinion

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...
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