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Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web
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Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web

Many companies are turning to social-media sites to gauge the success of a new product and service. The latest activity on Facebook, Twitter, and countless other...

Michael L. Norman Named Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center
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Michael L. Norman Named Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Michael L. Norman has been named to the position of director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego.

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Ready for 2020? Advice for Every Career Stage

Information technology has always been a fast-changing field. But nothing compares to the expected sea changes in the next decade that will impact the career...

Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'
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Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'

A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien "sentient machines."

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Cool! Researchers Find Way to ­se Hvac Ducts For Wireless Monitoring Technology

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system based on RFID tags that uses a building's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning ducts for...

How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret
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How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret

The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial...

Online Gambling Poses Hacking Risk, Experts Say
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Online Gambling Poses Hacking Risk, Experts Say

Online gambling experts are warning Canadian provinces to brace themselves for hackers, cheats and criminal gangs that target gaming sites. The warning comes...

Malware Implicated in Fatal Spanair Plane Crash
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Malware Implicated in Fatal Spanair Plane Crash

Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was...

Tech Industry Holds Closed Door Talks on Open Internet
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Tech Industry Holds Closed Door Talks on Open Internet

The Information Technology Industry Council, representing leading technology industry firms, recently held a closed-door meeting to discuss the future of the open...

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­.s. Takes Aim at China Cyber Threat

The U.S. for the first time is publicly warning about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks aimed at American companies...

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions
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Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

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Extreme and Green: What Science Needs from Computing

Four participants in the upcoming Kavli Futures Symposium discuss what science needs from computing, how current computing advances are impacting research, and...

NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards
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NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards

Three new $10 million awards continue the NSF's Expeditions program pursuing ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing...

Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware
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Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware

Intel Corp. agreed to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. Thursday for $7.68 billion, a surprise transaction that underscores the company's determination...

Daniel Spielman Wins 2010 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize
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Daniel Spielman Wins 2010 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize

Daniel Spielman of Yale University, New Haven, CT, has been chosen for the 2010 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize "for smoothed analysis of Linear Programming, algorithms...

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Wikileaks Encryption ­se Offers 'legal Challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the...

Computer Model Advances Climate Change Research
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Computer Model Advances Climate Change Research

Scientists can now study climate change in far more detail with powerful new computer software. The Community Earth System Model will be one of the primary climate...

Nsf Awards $10m to Develop Computing Techniques For Assessing Child Behavior
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Nsf Awards $10m to Develop Computing Techniques For Assessing Child Behavior

A team led by the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $10 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation to apply computer science to the analysis...

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New Facebook Location Feature Sparks Privacy Concerns

Moments after Facebook introduced a new feature called Facebook Places on Wednesday that allows its users to share their location and find their friends, advocates...

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Survey, Personal Stories Show How Quickly Tv Time Shifting Has Established Itself

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