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It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads
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It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location with Mobile Ads

When you consider the nagging privacy risks of online advertising, you may find comfort in the thought of a vast, abstract company like Pepsi or Nike viewing you...

Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them
From ACM News

Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive to Expel Them

On Wednesday, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: "Ban Russian Bots." Someone—the company doesn't know who—projected the...

How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?
From ACM News

How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?

Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today.

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos
From ACM Opinion

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his...

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets
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How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around...

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters
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Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook...

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
From ACM News

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human
From ACM News

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person.

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries
From Communications of the ACM

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries

Technology that falsifies navigation data presents significant dangers to public and private organizations.

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
From ACM News

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society.

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?
From ACM News

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you...

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
From ACM Careers

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
From ACM News

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering Dna to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life
From ACM News

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering Dna to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.u. Fine
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.u. Fine

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring...
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