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Remaking American Medicine
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Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
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Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Los Alamos Builds Time Machine to the Way the Web Was
From ACM TechNews

Los Alamos Builds Time Machine to the Way the Web Was

Researchers at the Los Alamos Research Library and Old Dominion University have developed Memento, a technical specification that embeds the concept of time into...

London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters
From ACM News

London Police Use Flickr to Identify Looters

As rioting continues to roil the streets of London, local police forces are turning to the Web to help unmask those involved in the torching and looting.  On...

Web Search Is Ready For a Shakeup, Says ­w Computer Scientist
From ACM TechNews

Web Search Is Ready For a Shakeup, Says ­w Computer Scientist

University of Washington (UW) professor Oren Etzioni recently called on the international academic community and engineers to be more ambitious in designing how...

Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?
From ACM News

Can Microsoft Make You 'bing'?

Mike Nichols has a poster on his office wall. It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible...

From ACM News

The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

Google Looks For the Next Google
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Google Looks For the Next Google

Google thinks it can be young and crazy again. And it is betting $200 million that it is right.

Life, Translated
From Communications of the ACM

Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
From Communications of the ACM

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

From ACM TechNews

Old Dominion U. Researchers Ask How Much of the Web Is Archived

Old Dominion University researchers, led by professor Michael L. Nelson, are trying to determine how much of the public Web is archived and where it is being stored...

From ACM News

Google Takes On Friend Sprawl

Google Inc. launched its most ambitious social-networking effort yet, broadening a battle with Facebook Inc. to grab the attention of Web users and future advertising...

From ACM TechNews

New Project Could Improve Results From School Web Searches

Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers have launched a partnership aimed at improving Internet search results for teachers and students...

Researchers Turn Twitter Into Real-Time Sports Commentator
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Researchers Turn Twitter Into Real-Time Sports Commentator

Rice University researchers, led by Siqi Zhao, say that Twitter can offer an accurate commentary of a sporting event that is accurate to within a few seconds of...

Google to FTC: Bring It On
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Google to FTC: Bring It On

Google on Friday staked out its position in what could be a long antitrust battle over how the company conducts its core business.

From ACM News

Ftc to Serve Google With Subpoenas in Broad Antitrust Probe

The Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling the start of a wide-ranging...

Brave, New Social World
From Communications of the ACM

Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Weighing Watson's Impact
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

Web Addresses Enter New.era
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Web Addresses Enter New.era

On Monday, the organization that regulates the world's Internet domain names—yes, there is central coordination—approved changes that could allow anyone to register...

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Spies Can Send Messages Hidden in a Google Search

The peculiar list of search options that Google suggests as you type in a query could be hijacked to let people communicate secretly.
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