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A Day to Remember the First Computer Programmer Was a Woman
From ACM TechNews

A Day to Remember the First Computer Programmer Was a Woman

Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program in 1842, a feat that is commemorated on Oct. 15. 

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You
From ACM Opinion

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

Last week a group of the Internet's governing organizations announced they were effectively turning their backs on the United States.

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback
From ACM Careers

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets
From ACM Opinion

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible...

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq
From ACM News

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds...

Cyber-Shield: Brazil Announces Govt System to Block Nsa Snooping
From ACM News

Cyber-Shield: Brazil Announces Govt System to Block Nsa Snooping

Brazil is creating an email system intended to shield the government from NSA spying.

Accelerometer Ids Smartphones in Seconds
From ACM News

Accelerometer Ids Smartphones in Seconds

One afternoon late last month, security researcher Hristo Bojinov placed his Galaxy Nexus phone face up on the table in a cramped Palo Alto conference room. Then...

Several Top Websites ­se Device Fingerprinting to Secretly Track ­sers
From ACM TechNews

Several Top Websites ­se Device Fingerprinting to Secretly Track ­sers

Researchers have found that 145 of the Internet's top 10,000 websites track users without their knowledge or consent.

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding
From ACM TechNews

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding

The British Broadcasting Corporation will launch an initiative in 2015 promoting software programming in the United Kingdom. 

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like
From ACM News

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

On-demand organs, Terminator-style arms, and aviation nostalgia—the best of 3D printing is on show in 3D: Printing the Future at London's Science Museum.

3D Printing: The Greener Choice
From ACM TechNews

3D Printing: The Greener Choice

Making products with a three-dimensional printer uses less energy than mass-producing them in a factory. 

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter
From ACM Careers

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides, ladders, and firefighter...

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online
From ACM News

Mugged By a Mug Shot Online

In March last year, a college freshman named Maxwell Birnbaum was riding in a van filled with friends from Austin, Tex., to a spring-break rental house in Gulf...

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
From ACM News

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not
From ACM TechNews

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not

SC13 will hold its annual Supercomputing Conference the week of November 17 in Denver as scheduled, regardless of the status of the U.S. government shutdown.

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown
From ACM News

Nasa Missions Struggle to Cope with Shutdown

All it took was four minutes.

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?
From ACM Careers

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television.

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come
From ACM News

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

Simon DeDeo, a research fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, had a problem.

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking
From ACM Careers

Researchers Split Over NSA Hacking

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has upset a great many people this year.

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
From ACM News

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.
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