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Talking to Machines
From Communications of the ACM

Talking to Machines

Voice recognition programs like Siri are now capable of understanding spoken commands, recognizing a conversation's context, and answering questions in a personable...

Google Gives Search a Refresh
From ACM News

Google Gives Search a Refresh

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market...

Three Things that Scare Google
From ACM News

Three Things that Scare Google

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a crowd of journalists Wednesday night that there are some things about technology and the Internet that scare him,...

The First Google Maps War
From ACM News

The First Google Maps War

Did Google Maps almost cause a war in 2010? On Nov. 3 of that year, Edén Pastora, the Nicaraguan official tasked with dredging the Rio San Juan, justified his country's...

Darpa's $40k 'quest' Tests Social Media's Ability to Help in Emergency
From ACM TechNews

Darpa's $40k 'quest' Tests Social Media's Ability to Help in Emergency

DARPA has launched a contest to gain a better understanding of how social media can spread the word during a crisis.  

Google Web Grows in City
From ACM Careers

Google Web Grows in City

Google Inc. has dramatically expanded its presence in Manhattan in the past year, adding roughly 750 people to its outpost in 2011 in the most prominent example...

Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers
From ACM News

Google ­nified Privacy Settings ­nsettle ­sers

Google, I wish I knew how to quit you.

From ACM News

'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
From Communications of the ACM

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.

Policing the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

From ACM Careers

Google's Very First Employee, Craig Silverstein

Google's very first employee, Craig Silverstein, is leaving the company to join the high-profile online learning phenom, Khan Academy.

From ACM News

Wolfram, a Search Engine, Finds Answers Within Itself

Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, tends to go his own way—often with noteworthy results.

From ACM News

Who Does Google Think You Are?

A tool tells users what the company infers about your interests and age.

From ACM News

Telepathy Machine Reconstructs Speech from Brainwaves

When you read this sentence to yourself, it's likely that you hear the words in your head. Now, in what amounts to technological telepathy, others are on the verge...

From ACM News

Google Wants Ability to 'combine' Your ­ser Data

Google is planning to rewrite its privacy policy to grant it explicit rights to "combine personal information" across multiple products and services, the company...

The Social Life of Robots
From Communications of the ACM

The Social Life of Robots

Researchers are trying to build robots capable of working together with minimal human supervision. But will they ever learn to get along?

The Science of Better Science
From Communications of the ACM

The Science of Better Science

Researchers are exploring networked computational analysis, formal classification, and topic modeling to better identify relevant scientists, ideas, and trends.

From ACM Careers

The Opposite of Evil: Google Named Best Place to Work in America

Google has a new weapon in the intense war for engineering talent in Silicon Valley: The search giant on Thursday was named by Fortune magazine as the best place...

From ACM News

Steve Ballmer Reboots

They had his dining room waiting. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive and one of the richest men in the world, often eats privately at a Bellevue (Wash.)...

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Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of 'warehouse' Computing

 Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers. He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.
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