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Microsoft Research Social App Marries Web, Desktop

Microsoft Research has unveiled the Social Desktop, a new proof-of-concept application that integrates features from the Windows operating system and the Windows...

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­Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' Cloud Computing Initiative

The Tools as a Service (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program involving the IBM Canada Software Lab and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is up and running at participating...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

The Evolution of Virtualization
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The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtualization is moving out of the data center and making inroads with mobile computing, security, and software delivery.

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
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Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

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Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

The New York Times' recent article, "Do We Need a New Internet?," by John Markoff, has sparked debate in the research community over whether creating a secure Internet...

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Proposed Law Might Make Wi-Fi ­Users Help Cops

Congressional Republicans have introduced the Internet Security Act, legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would require Internet service providers (ISPs)...

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Stimulus Bill Includes $7.2 Billion For Broadband

The $787 billion economic stimulus package U.S. President Obama recently signed into law includes $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs. Under the...

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Lighting ­Up the Lives of the Elderly - Adaptively

Researchers working on the European Union-funded Aladin project say lighting that can adapt automatically to meet a user's needs could have significant benefits...

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Intelligent Home Environment

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, are developing an intelligent home automation system...

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A New Internet?

There is a growing belief among engineers and security experts that the only way to fix Internet security is to recreate the Internet from scratch. What a new...

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Download, Install and Drive - The Future of Automotive Software

European researchers working on the DySCAS project have developed an automotive software architecture that will enable cars to receive software updates just like...

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Web 3.0 Emerging

Web 3.0 is generally defined as Semantic Web technologies that run or are embedded within large-scale Web applications, writes Jim Hendler, assistant dean for information...

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Closing the Gap Between High-Speed Data Transmission and Processing

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) engineers have set world-record speeds for real-time signal processing while working to develop the first terabit-scale...

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Fight Brews Over How to Build a Better Internet

The U.S. Internet infrastructure is slower and more expensive than many other developed nations, and reaches fewer of its citizens. About 10 percent of U.S. households...

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Intel Researchers Demo Rf Energy Harvester

Moore's law is a key factor in an ambient radio frequency (RF) energy-harvesting project from researchers at the Intel Research Seattle Lab. At the recent Rawcon...

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia
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SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia

ACM's premier computer graphics conference hosts its first-ever graphics event in Asia, with a more global focus.

The First Internet President
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The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

USACM's Policy Role
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USACM's Policy Role

ACM members have a professional duty to ensure that the public comprehends and benefits from advances in computing.
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