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Putting a Face on a Robot
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Putting a Face on a Robot

Older and younger people have varying preferences for whether a personal robot should have a robotic, human, or mixed human-robot face.

Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap
From ACM TechNews

Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg took aim at the gender gap in the technology industry at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?
From ACM News

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Science fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do.

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
From ACM News

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Project Sonar Crowdsources a Better Bug Killer
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Project Sonar Crowdsources a Better Bug Killer

Rapid7 chief research officer HD Moore is developing ways of identifying vulnerable Internet-facing systems and devices through scans of the Internet. 

Kurzweil: The Human Brain on It
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Kurzweil: The Human Brain on It

Information technology is causing the rate at which the world is changing to accelerate, says Ray Kurzweil. 

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
From ACM News

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
From ACM News

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?
From ACM News

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed...

Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?
From ACM TechNews

Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

The United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia have the highest rates of government surveillance of Facebook accounts.

The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind
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The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

Technology writer Clive Thompson believes technology is improving human intelligence. 

Top 5 Jobs in Silicon Valley
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Top 5 Jobs in Silicon Valley

If there's anything observers can say with certainty, it's that Silicon Valley remains an anomalous industry.

Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces
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Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces

Facebook has so many users—more than a billion, or roughly the population of India—that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be ­sed Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

Google Think Tank Helps Build Virtual Museum For World Constitutions
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Google Think Tank Helps Build Virtual Museum For World Constitutions

The Comparative Constitutions Project has built a new website that offers a collection of constitutions from nations around the world.

Tiny Sensor Used in Smartphones Could Create Urban Seismic Network
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Tiny Sensor Used in Smartphones Could Create Urban Seismic Network

A tiny chip used in smartphones to adjust the orientation of the screen can detect moderate to strong earthquakes when located near the epicenter. 

Nsa Gathers Data on Social Connections of ­.s. Citizens
From ACM TechNews

Nsa Gathers Data on Social Connections of ­.s. Citizens

The U.S. National Security Agency in 2010 started creating sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social networks.

Back to the Future of Computer Science
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Back to the Future of Computer Science

The first Heidelberg Laureate Forum brought together the brightest minds of the past, the present, and the future in math and computer science.

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)
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Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)

In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force
From ACM TechNews

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. 
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