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Noise Pollution Maps Crowdsourced From Smartphone Data
From ACM TechNews

Noise Pollution Maps Crowdsourced From Smartphone Data

Researchers say they have developed an improved method of creating noise pollution maps that uses crowdsourced smartphone data. 

In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover
From ACM News

In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover

Often dismissed as a laggard in the global cyberarms race, North Korea has long been seen as a chronic cyber-superpower wannabe.

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
From ACM News

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

Google's 'project Shield' Will Offer Free Cyberattack Protection to Hundreds of At-Risk Sites
From ACM TechNews

Google's 'project Shield' Will Offer Free Cyberattack Protection to Hundreds of At-Risk Sites

Google Shield, a product of the Google Ideas initiative, will offer certain websites free protection from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. 

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested
From ACM Careers

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Check it out, I'm working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013.

Shall We Play a Game?
From ACM News

Shall We Play a Game?

Gamification, the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-gaming contexts, is beginning to grab hold in many industries.

Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers
From ACM News

Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers

An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause...

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom
From ACM News

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.

Legal Issues with Robots
From Communications of the ACM

Legal Issues with Robots

Who is responsible when property is damaged or someone is injured by an automated system? Existing product liability laws have not yet been tested in the context...

Cybersecurity Jobs: Young Adults Show Little Interest in the Field
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Jobs: Young Adults Show Little Interest in the Field

Few young adults are interested in cybersecurity careers, according to a new study.  

Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'
From ACM TechNews

Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'

The first tests of a laser communication system by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been surprisingly error-free.

Memo to Workers: The Boss Is Watching
From ACM News

Memo to Workers: The Boss Is Watching

Dennis Gray suspected that workers in his pest-control company were spending too much time on personal issues during the workday.

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack
From ACM News

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack

In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive...

Web-Based Map Allows ­sers to See Intricate Patterns in ­.s. Population
From ACM TechNews

Web-Based Map Allows ­sers to See Intricate Patterns in ­.s. Population

A free, Web-based mapping site allows users to access detailed demographic data for any location in the United States. 

­C Davis Joins Cybersecurity Research Alliance
From ACM TechNews

­C Davis Joins Cybersecurity Research Alliance

A new research alliance that will focus on detecting, modeling, and responding to cyberattacks on networks in real time.

Got a Kickstarter Project? This Man Can Predict Within Four Hours If It Will Fail
From ACM TechNews

Got a Kickstarter Project? This Man Can Predict Within Four Hours If It Will Fail

Researchers have developed a method of predicting whether a Kickstarter project will succeed within four hours of its launch, with 76-percent accuracy. 

Call For Participation: 2014 Workshop on ACM History
From ACM TechNews

Call For Participation: 2014 Workshop on ACM History

The ACM History Committee is sponsoring a two-day workshop on professional archival practices on May 21-22, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN.

Moocs Evolve; Version 2.0 Aims to Retain More Students
From ACM News

Moocs Evolve; Version 2.0 Aims to Retain More Students

Given that student retention rates typically hover at just around 4-5% of those participating in free Web classes, some online courses have evolved to a sort of...

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
From ACM Opinion

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years
From ACM News

Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years

Robots armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank missiles and even grenade launchers are marching, er, rolling ever closer to the battlefield now that they’ve shown...
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