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Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate
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Amazon, Google Lead Rush For New Web Real Estate

An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including .app, .blog, and .web...

Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros
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Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros

Leading cyber experts warned of a shortage of talented computer security experts in the United States, making it difficult to protect corporate and government networks...

Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences
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Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences

In China, sometimes having the first-mover advantage is often no advantage at all. Case in point: Apple vs. Google.

What Is an Internet Troll?
From ACM News

What Is an Internet Troll?

I'm sitting waiting for the House of Commons to start debating a Law Against Trolls or, as they would call it, an amendment to the Defamation Act. It would basically...

'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching
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'big Data' from Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching

From a trading desk in London, Paul Hawtin monitors the fire hose of more than 340 million Twitter posts flying around the world each day to try to assess the collective...

The Antivirus Era Is Over
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The Antivirus Era Is Over

Two weeks ago today, computer security labs in Iran, Russia, and Hungary announced the discovery of Flame, "the most complex malware ever found," according to Hungary's...

Google Fights Back in China
From ACM News

Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon
From ACM News

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon

That little iPhone in your pocket is perfectly positioned to become a clone of the credit cards in your wallet or purse.

From ACM News

Back to Stuxnet: The Missing Link

Two weeks ago, when we announced the discovery of the Flame malware we said that we saw no strong similarity between its code and programming style with that of ...

China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley
From ACM News

China Strives to Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Now at a critical juncture in its quest to become a superpower, China is turning to Western regions like the Silicon Valley for help with its next technical leap...

Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds
From ACM TechNews

Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds

AZTI-Tecnalia has developed software that allows users to assess the ecological status of seabed fauna.  

Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life
From ACM TechNews

Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life program aims to build a comprehensive tree of life that brings together...

New Statistical Model Lets Patient's Past Forecast Future Ailments
From ACM TechNews

New Statistical Model Lets Patient's Past Forecast Future Ailments

University of Washington researchers have developed an algorithm that makes predictions based on what a patient has already experienced as well as the experiences...

From ACM News

Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...

Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code
From ACM News

Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code

The creators of the Flame malware have sent a "suicide" command that removes it from some infected computers.

'Big Data' From Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching
From ACM TechNews

'Big Data' From Social Media, Elsewhere Online Redefines Trend-Watching

Trend analysis and forecasting is being rethought thanks to the explosion of data generated by social media and other services, with IBM estimating that about 2...

Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks
From ACM News

Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks

It began as a hobby for a ­teenage computer programmer named John Matherly, who wondered how much he could learn about devices linked to the Internet.

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...

Bionic Brains and Beyond
From ACM News

Bionic Brains and Beyond

The National Spelling Bee of 2023 started out like any other, but controversy enveloped the contest when Suzy Hamilton, an 8-year-old from Tulsa, emerged as the...

The Biometric Wallet
From ACM TechNews

The Biometric Wallet

Hitachi and Fujitsu have pioneered a new technique in which a person's vein configurations are scanned as proof of identity, and the technology is being integrated...
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