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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms
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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Technology companies on Wednesday received troubling news that some had feared for years: Intellectual Ventures LLC has started suing.

Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue
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Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue

A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over.

From ACM TechNews

Civil-Rights Panel Weighs in on Where Minorities Fare Best in STEM Fields

A recently released report that examined minority students' pursuit of degrees found that admissions preferences based on race led to more minority students giving...

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
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Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

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Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks,...

From ACM TechNews

Special Report

The current state of North American computer science education includes an upward trend in university enrollment for undergraduate programs, but also the erosion...

'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care
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'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care

New research into hospital bed technology could soon represent a leap forward in patient care. A University of New Hampshire professor is negotiating with manufacturers...

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"this Paper Should Not Have Been Published"

Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries...

Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

From ACM News

Suit to Snuff Out 'history Sniffing' Takes Aim at Tracking Web ­sers

A lawsuit filed last Friday for alleged use of "history sniffing," a method for surreptitiously detecting what websites a person has visited, is the latest to...

Abi Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India
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Abi Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India

Almost 600 attendees from 79 organizations participated in the opening day of the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India Conference, the only...

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

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DoD Creates a Test Range for Cyberspace

The U.S. Department of Defense has set up the Information Assurance Range as a simulation of the Global Information Grid, as well as a virtual training ground for...

From ACM TechNews

Tongue Clicks to Control Wheelchairs

The University of Bristol's Ravi Vaidyanathan is leading a research effort to develop an in-ear device that would enable people to control a wheelchair by clicking...

From ACM News

How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

Green Grid Creates More Metrics For Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
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Green Grid Creates More Metrics For Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

The Green Grid consortium is developing two metrics to add to its power usage effectiveness metric for measuring energy efficiency in data centers. The new metrics...

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Japanese Supercomputer Gets Faster But Draws No More Power

The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently developed Tsubame 2.0, a high-performance computer that is the second most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world...

Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates
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Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates

The National Science Foundation will host a Webcast on Dec. 7 featuring Georgia Tech's Amy Bruckman, MIT's Leah Buechley, and ACM's Cameron Wilson, as part of the...

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
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Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top...
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