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What Facebook Knows
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What Facebook Knows

If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world...

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior
From ACM News

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior

San Francisco is set to become the latest U.S. city to invest in software, created by Texas-based BRS Labs, that monitors and memorizes movements as they are captured...

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence
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The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence

If you're among the companies vying for one of the nearly 2,000 new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, you've got big pockets. The application alone costs about...

Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate
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Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate

An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including .app, .blog, and .web...

Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences
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Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences

In China, sometimes having the first-mover advantage is often no advantage at all. Case in point: Apple vs. Google.

Google Fights Back in China
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Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

From ACM News

Browser Choice: A Thing of the Past?

Like to pick your browser? Beware, because new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browsers on PCs.

Data Mining Meets City Hall
From Communications of the ACM

Data Mining Meets City Hall

Local and national governments are turning to open data to cut their costs, increase transparency and efficiency, and respond to the needs of citizens.

Analyzing Medical Data
From Communications of the ACM

Analyzing Medical Data

Electronic patient records contain a treasure trove of data, and researchers are using natural language processing technology to mine the structured data and free...

From ACM News

Troves of Personal Data, Forbidden to Researchers

When scientists publish their research, they also make the underlying data available so the results can be verified by other scientists.

Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless
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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless

Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt...

A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy
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A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy

When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small...

More Search Could Be Crowdsourced
From ACM TechNews

More Search Could Be Crowdsourced

MIT and Microsoft researchers determined that search engines could use crowdsourcing to expand the range of answers they provide for users. Most search engines...

Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified
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Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified

At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer...

Automating Scientific Discovery
From Communications of the ACM

Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Robots Like Us
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
From ACM Opinion

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

The Education of Google's Larry Page
From ACM Opinion

The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.

Google's Grand Plan
From ACM News

Google's Grand Plan

In a typical month, David Lawee meets two dozen founders of new companies. He grills them on their businesses, their ambitions, their funding, and their clever...

Preserving Digital Data
From Communications of the ACM

Preserving Digital Data

Scientific data is expanding at an unprecedented rate. While new tools are helping preserve this data, funding must be increased and policy coordination needs improvement...
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