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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
From ACM TechNews

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...

The Once-Hyped Semantic Web Still Bubbles Along
From ACM TechNews

The Once-Hyped Semantic Web Still Bubbles Along

The semantic Web has not reached blockbuster status, but it still has champions in the Apache Software Foundation and the World Wide Web Consortium. W3C recently...

Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins
From ACM News

Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins

All Google services, including its search engine, Gmail and Maps, were inaccessible in China on Friday night and into Saturday, the company confirmed.

Google Explains How More Data Means Better Speech Recognition
From ACM News

Google Explains How More Data Means Better Speech Recognition

A new research paper out of Google describes in some detail the data science behind the the company's speech recognition applications, such as voice search and...

Tracking Voters' Clicks Online to Try to Sway Them
From ACM News

Tracking Voters' Clicks Online to Try to Sway Them

A few weeks ago, Thomas Goddard, a community college student in Santa Clara, Calif., and a devoted supporter of President Obama, clicked on mittromney.com to check...

The End For Keyboards and Mice?
From ACM News

The End For Keyboards and Mice?

Apple's iPhone and its rivals may have introduced touchscreens to the masses, but now a raft of technologies promise to change the way we interact with computers...

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild
From ACM News

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes...

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed
From ACM News

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you...

Control Without Controllers
From Communications of the ACM

Control Without Controllers

Disney's Touché project could transform every conductive surface into a touch-control surface.

Google and Microsoft ­nder Threat from the March of the Mobiles
From ACM News

Google and Microsoft ­nder Threat from the March of the Mobiles

We're used to the idea of "peak oil"—that there's only a finite amount of that stuff in the ground. What's the equivalent in the computing field?

One Step Closer to a Brain
From ACM News

One Step Closer to a Brain

A few months ago Google shared with us another challenge it had taken on. It wasn't as fanciful as a driverless car or as geekily sexy as augmented reality glasses...

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
From ACM Opinion

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center
From ACM News

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you're looking for the beating heart of the digital age—a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you...

Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments
From ACM News

Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry.

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care
From ACM News

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care

Everyone agrees health care in the United States is a colossal mess, and IBM is betting that artificially intelligent supercomputers are just what the doctor ordered...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
From ACM News

The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.
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