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Power, Pollution, and the Internet
From ACM Careers

Power, Pollution, and the Internet

Jeff Rothschild's machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions
From ACM News

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says Apple should have continued to use Google’s mapping application in iOS 6 instead of swapping it out for its poorly received home...

Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password
From ACM News

Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password

It's been a rough year for passwords. First, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked online. Soon after, millions of passwords from eHarmony and Yahoo users...

From ACM News

­m Researchers Mine Data to ­ncover Terrorist Threats

U.S. counterterrorism efforts monitor and sort vast databases of information for clues on potential plots. Now a team of University of Maryland researchers have...

Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data
From ACM Opinion

Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Hugo Campos has a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his body. It sends data about his heart to his doctors and back to the manufacturer, but it takes days to get...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
From ACM News

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...

Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky
From ACM News

Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky

Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets—pictures.

From ACM News

Iran Readies Domestic Internet System, Blocks Google

Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the...

Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley

Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech...

Digging For Drug Facts
From Communications of the ACM

Digging For Drug Facts

With the right approach, data mining can discover unexpected side effects and drug interactions.

Big Data and Its Big Problems
From ACM News

Big Data and Its Big Problems

Imagine every thousandth blood cell in your body has a tiny radio transmitter in it.

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
From ACM News

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...

Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder
From ACM News

Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder

The Internet tools of the Arab Spring have become the weapons of a new Arabian nightmare playing out at American diplomatic missions across North Africa and the...

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything
From ACM News

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view.

The Mesmerizing Beauty of Nature's Fractals
From ACM News

The Mesmerizing Beauty of Nature's Fractals

Google Earth: source of information, source of wonder, source of art. In 2010, Paul Bourke, a research associate professor at the University of Western Australia...

Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data
From ACM News

Tech's New Wave, Driven by Data

Technology tends to cascade into the marketplace in waves. Think of personal computers in the 1980s, the Internet in the 1990s, and smartphones in the last five...

Amateur Mapmakers Redraw Boundaries, Working Online
From ACM News

Amateur Mapmakers Redraw Boundaries, Working Online

Reshaped and renamed by generations of developers and gentrifiers, the borders of New York City’s neighborhoods are often hazy at best. Yesterday's Chinatown is...

Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out
From ACM Opinion

Meet the Man Who's Rewiring Google From the Inside Out

It was a tweet that fired the imagination like few others. On May 10, 2011, at 1:35 in the afternoon, Eric Brewer told the world he was redesigning the most important...

Making Web Applications More Efficient
From ACM News

Making Web Applications More Efficient

Most major Websites these days maintain huge databases: Shopping sites have databases of inventory and customer ratings, travel sites have databases of seat availability...

'frankenstein' Programmers Test a Cybersecurity Monster
From ACM TechNews

'frankenstein' Programmers Test a Cybersecurity Monster

University of Texas (UT) at Dallas researchers have developed Frankenstein, a software system that can cloak itself as it steals and reconfigures information in...
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