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Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing
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Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing

Microsoft Research Cambridge managing director Andrew Herbert says we are moving into a client-cloud era in which space is the new frontier. He says computingView...

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Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks

The U.S. Pentagon is considering establishing a new cyber-command to oversee government efforts to protect military computer networks and to assist in protecting...

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Project Turns Netizens Into Social Change Agents

One European project wants to make average technoids the writers, directors and stars of their own community-conscious show, online and on an IPTV screen near you...

How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections
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How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections

Even the best electronic security may not be enough to protect sensitive data from dogged hackers, and researchers have been able to extract information from the...

Computer Model Gives Clues to Dealing With Flu Pandemics
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Computer Model Gives Clues to Dealing With Flu Pandemics

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) say their computer simulation of the spread of H5N1 avian influenza could be applied to the current swine...

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If the Face Fits . . .

Twelve law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom are using a forensic facial composite software tool that does not require witnesses to provide detailed descriptions...

­nmasking Social-Network ­sers
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­nmasking Social-Network ­sers

University of Texas at Austin researchers have found that, combined with readily available data from other online sources, social network data can reveal sensitive...

Could the Net Become Self-Aware?
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Could the Net Become Self-Aware?

The Internet is similar to the human brain in that it has a complex network of nodes for holding, processing, recalling, and transmitting information. The Web...

Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage
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Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage

Declining enrollment in computer science programs, along with an increased demand for computer science workers, could lead to a critical workforce shortage in Canada...

Eu ­rges Icann Independence
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Eu ­rges Icann Independence

ICANN should become completely independent of the U.S. government, says EU Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding. In a statement regarding the Oct. 1...

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Robot With Skin to Improve Human Communication

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire are covering a child-sized humanoid robot with artificial skin in an effort to help autistic children improve...

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Simple Technology Links Students With Peers Overseas

A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's...

Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential
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Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential

In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Fernando, Calif., a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon...

Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors
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Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors

People around the world are circumventing their governments' censorship of Web content using tools developed and provided by a diverse coalition of political and...

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Google Begins Tracking Swine Flu in Mexico

Google is attempting map how the swine flu is spreading through Mexico by compiling information from swine flu-related searches in Mexico. The mapping effort is...

Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers
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Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory held its 21st annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference last month, welcoming approximately...

From ACM TechNews

­niversities Angle For Billions to Build Obama's New Broadband Network

Several higher-education information technology groups are working to influence the U.S. broadband strategy and help steer the distribution of $4.7 billion in Internet...

Congressman Langevin Determined to Prevent a 'cyber 9/11'
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Congressman Langevin Determined to Prevent a 'cyber 9/11'

In an interview, Rep. James R. Langevin (D-R.I.), the co-founder and co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, said he promises to do everything he can to prevent...

Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid
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Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid

Using a new technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, electric vehicle owners can plug in their cars and forget...

Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...
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