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When 'likes' Can Shed Light
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When 'likes' Can Shed Light

Patterns of "Likes" posted by people on Facebook can unintentionally expose their political and religious views, drug use, divorce, and sexual orientation, researchers...

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy
From ACM News

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy

Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords...

Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It
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Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.k. With It

Jeffrey Knockel is an unlikely candidate to expose the inner workings of Skype's role in China’s online surveillance apparatus.

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web
From ACM TechNews

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

While the work computers do becomes increasingly complex, humans still may be called upon to provide the programs with context and nuance. 

Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile
From ACM Opinion

Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile

How do you build a search engine that's more attuned to natural language, capable of divining what you mean, and giving back what you want?

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You
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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying...

The History of Hadoop: From 4 Nodes to the Future of Data
From ACM News

The History of Hadoop: From 4 Nodes to the Future of Data

Depending on how one defines its birth, Hadoop is now 10 years old. In that decade, Hadoop has gone from being the hopeful answer to Yahoo’s search-engine woes...

Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds

Researchers found evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did by analyzing search engine query data. 

Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights ­p Library Queries
From ACM News

Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights ­p Library Queries

Getting a glimpse into the curious minds of others has never been so beautiful—or so bright.

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier
From ACM Opinion

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier

Consider the tongue. It's sensitive yet muscular, packed with taste buds and nerves, and without its acrobatic ability humans wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. It's...

A Genetic Code For Genius?
From ACM News

A Genetic Code For Genius?

At a former paper-printing factory in Hong Kong, a 20-year-old wunderkind named Zhao Bowen has embarked on a challenging and potentially controversial quest: uncovering...

Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less
From ACM News

Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less

No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it’s estimated that there are more than 14 billion.

Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold
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Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold

A congressman gets an earful from his neighbor after church about a tax bill. A senator suddenly finds old high school classmates calling her about an upcoming...

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm
From ACM News

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social...

The Browser Wars Go Mobile
From ACM News

The Browser Wars Go Mobile

When surfing the Web on a smartphone, most of us stick with the browser that came with our handset.

Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast
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Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast

Humankind's common ancestor with other mammals may have been a roughly rat-size animal that weighed no more than a half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived...

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars
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Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars

In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with...

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...

David Gelernter: Bring on the 'stream Browser'
From ACM TechNews

David Gelernter: Bring on the 'stream Browser'

Yale University professor David Gelernter recently predicted the end of current Web and search technology as the focus shifts from a space-based Web to a time-based...
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