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Mine Your Business
From Communications of the ACM

Mine Your Business

Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
From Communications of the ACM

Straightening Out Heavy Tails

A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.

App Watch: Searching Without Words
From ACM News

App Watch: Searching Without Words

At some point, scientists think, you’ll be able to point a lens at almost any object and get information about what you’re seeing.

From ACM News

Google Rolls Out Encrypted Web Search Option

Google began offering an encrypted option for Web searchers on Friday and said it planned to roll it out for all of its services eventually.

DARPA
From ACM News

DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5
From ACM News

At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

Researchers Examine Real-Time Search Behavior
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Examine Real-Time Search Behavior

Penn State University professor Jim Jansen recently conducted a study to identify the characteristics of users who are looking for real-time content. 

Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Multimedia Content
From ICT Results

Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Multimedia Content

The media produce a glut of material daily. Refining that ore into the gold of useful information requires new approaches. European researchers have now made automated...

Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise
From ICT Results

Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise

Online tools developed in Europe have created completely new approaches in pedagogy – the science of education.

From ACM News

Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

A Washington state supreme court issued a decision yesterday [May 6, 2010] supporting a public library's decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that...

From ACM News

How Google Got Its New Look

Every day 268 million people use Google to search for something. The query goes in, the company's software delivers back the most relevant links. The interaction...

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live
From ACM News

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
From ACM News

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

From ACM News

Microsoft's Internet Explorer Losing Browser Share

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, now accounts for less than 60% of the market, down from 95% at its peak in 2003, according to new figures.

From ACM News

Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.

Real-Time Search
From ACM News

Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech
From ACM News

Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech

From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence. This learning continues throughout...

Combing Medical Records For Research
From ACM News

Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

From ACM News

Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet. Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined...

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.
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