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CS Pioneer Knuth Releases Long-Awaited Textbook
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CS Pioneer Knuth Releases Long-Awaited Textbook

Computer science pioneer Donald Knuth has released the "The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A, The Combinatorial Algorithms, Part 1," the first part of volume...

DHS to Invest $40 Million on Cybersecurity Research
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DHS to Invest $40 Million on Cybersecurity Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will invest $40 million on cybersecurity research areas in fiscal 2011 in support of the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative...

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No More Ipv4 Addresses

Asian registry snares last two address blocks, sparks automatic depletion of the free pool.

Cloud Computing at Nist: Two New Draft Documents and a Wiki
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Cloud Computing at Nist: Two New Draft Documents and a Wiki

NIST has issued two new draft documents on cloud computing for public comment and set up a new NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration site to enable two-way communication...

The Science of Bike-Sharing
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The Science of Bike-Sharing

Tel Aviv University researchers are developing a mathematical model to help new urban bike-sharing systems operate more efficiently. Bike-sharing systems have...

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National Competition Puts High Schoolers to the Cyber Warrior Test

Cyber Foundations is a cybersecurity competition for high school students launched by the U.S. Cyber Challenge and the SANS Institute. The contest will help identify...

Researchers Provide Insight Into the Future of How We Understand Social Networking
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Researchers Provide Insight Into the Future of How We Understand Social Networking

University of Minnesota researchers have found that analyzing social networks can provide insight on aspects of social interactions, including the emergence or...

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White House Launches Startup America

The Obama administration recently launched the Startup America initiative, which will involve government agencies and private-sector programs to train, mentor,...

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Was Egypt Oversold as Top Offshoring Spot?

Before Egypt turned off the Internet, the country had received increasingly high marks from leading analysis firms as a promising offshore outsourcing destination...

Report: Efforts to Secure Nation
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Report: Efforts to Secure Nation

The official government cybersecurity standards for the electric power grid fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by noncritical industries...

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Google, Twitter Help Give Voice to Egyptians

Google has launched the latest salvo in an effort to overcome internet blackouts in Egypt during anti-government protests there.

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Wary of Egypt ­nrest, China Censors Web

In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.

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European Project Keeps Personal Details Private

The European Union recently launched the ABC4Trust project, which will use encryption technology developed by IBM Research, academic institutions, Microsoft, and...

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Intel Spreads Its ­niversity Research Bets

Computing in general is increasingly applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look at the engines behind cloud computing—vast, distributed armies...

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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-one men and women are inducted as 2010 ACM Fellows.

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
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Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
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Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled
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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication....
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