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Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not
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Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not

Chinese Internet cops are at it again.

Free Search Engine Connects Classrooms With Science and Technology
From ACM TechNews

Free Search Engine Connects Classrooms With Science and Technology

A mobile version of the Gooru educational search engine, which is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is now available. The Gooru Collections iPad app...

China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion
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China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information and requiring service...

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
From ACM Opinion

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

Just the Facts
From Communications of the ACM

Just the Facts

In repackaging other companies' news, some news aggregators are diverting readers and ad dollars, and, critics argue, undercutting the incentive to spend money...

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf
From ACM TechNews

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf

The Tor Project, which was created 10 years ago to hide the online activity of dissidents in countries that censor the Internet, has recently seen its popularity...

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee's Eyes
From ACM News

Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee's Eyes

Anne Kelly Knowles loves places where history happened.

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation
From ACM News

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It
From ACM News

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It

The world is producing and storing data at such a rate that the day isn't far off when we will literally no longer have a proper way of describing it.

Google Gets a Second Brain, Changing Everything About Search
From ACM News

Google Gets a Second Brain, Changing Everything About Search

In the 1983 sci-fi/comedy flick The Man with Two Brains, Steve Martin played Michael Hfuhruhurr, a neurosurgeon who marries one of his patients but then falls in...

China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things
From ACM News

China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things

When architect James Law looks in the mirror each morning his reflection is not all that greets him—he can also see the weather report, email messages, and his...

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
From ACM News

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
From ACM Opinion

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.

They Know What You're Shopping For
From ACM News

They Know What You're Shopping For

Georgia resident Andy Morar is in the market for a BMW.

Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?
From ACM Opinion

Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?

In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.

Big Data + Semantic Web: Love at First Terabyte?
From ACM TechNews

Big Data + Semantic Web: Love at First Terabyte?

The Semantic Web has been slow to catch on with enterprises, but Cambridge Semantics chief technical officer Sean Martin believes big data could give Semantic Web...

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable
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How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable

Google's stated mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible. To achieve this goal the company needs to utilize experience...

Zoom In, Zoom Out
From Communications of the ACM

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Drilling down to more detail on a computer screen, or moving out to see the context, is basic. But it's hardly simple and, after 20 years, innovations are still...

Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud
From ACM News

Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud

The FBI sees social media as a potential breeding ground for securities fraud, and has agents scouring Twitter and Facebook for tips, according to two top agents...
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